Faculty Bio

Hiromi Dollase

Associate Professor of Chinese and Japanese and Chair of Chinese and Japanese

Hiromi Tsuchiya Dollase grew up in Osaka, Japan. She earned her M.A. in English from Illinois State University in 1996, and received her Ph.D. in comparative literature (Japanese and American literature) at Purdue University in 2003. She worked at Beloit College as an instructor from 2002-2003. She joined the Vassar faculty in 2003.

Her areas of research include Japanese women’s literature, girls’ magazine culture, and popular culture. She is also interested in the integration of popular media into language teaching. At Vassar, she teaches content courses such as, “Japanese Popular Culture and Literature” and “The Gothic and the Supernatural in Japanese Literature,” in addition to language courses.

Her publications include “Ribbons Undone: The Shōjo Story Debates in Prewar Japan” in Girl Reading Girl in Japan (ed. Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley, Routledge, 2009) and “Kawabata’s Wartime Message in Utsukushii tabi (Beautiful Voyage)” in Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan (ed. Rachel Hutchinson, Routledge, 2013).  She co-edited a special issue of The US–Japan Women’s Journal featuring shōjo manga in 2010 and a book entitled Shōjo Manga Wonderland (Meiji Shoin, 2012). She is currently working on a book titled Age of Shojo: Emergence, Evolution and Power of Girls’ Magazine Fiction in Japan (SUNY Press).