Justine Wiesinger

Justine K. Wiesinger

Assistant Professor of Japanese


Asian Studies

Roger Williams Hall, Room 211


Roger Williams Hall, Room 211



Justine Wiesinger, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Japanese at Bates, having been awarded her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and literatures by Yale University in 2018. She teaches both Japanese language courses and courses on Japanese culture, including literature, film, and theater.

Her dissertation, entitled Performing Disaster: The Response to 3.11 and the Great Kanto Earthquake in Japanese Film and Theater (available from ProQuest), examines the intersections between disaster and performance, and the particular capabilities of performance to build claims to collective trauma in the aftermath of disaster. The first chapter examines the aftermath of the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, and the remaining chapters focus on the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.

Justine Wiesinger is a Fulbright scholar, having conducted research for her dissertation in 2015-2016 at Waseda University in Tokyo, and has presented at major conferences around the world, including the AAS (Association for Asian Studies) conference, the AJLS (Association for Japanese Literary Studies) conference, the Tanaka Symposium on 3.11 at Oxford University, and the “Literature after 3.11 Today” conference at INALCO in Paris. She has also been invited to speak at the conference on “Nuclear Futures” at the University of Maryland in 2019.

At Yale, in addition to completing her coursework and research, she also trained in Second Language Acquisition Pedagogy, adopting a task-based approach to teaching language that emphasizes authentic materials, inductive grammatical reasoning, and scaffolded activities that aim to center the students and prioritize active student speech and participation. She is enthusiastic about sharing her passion for Japanese culture with students and eager to participate in the close-knit community of scholarship that makes Bates College so special.