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

Her recent publications include "Shofujin (Little Women): Recreating Jo for the Girls of Meiji Japan," Japanese Studies 30.2 (2010), “Ribbons Undone: Shojo Story Debates in Prewar Japan,” in Tomoko Aoyama and Barbara Hartley, eds., Girl Reading Girl in Japan (Routledge, 2009), and “Girls on the Homefront: the Examination of Shojo no tomo 1938-1945,” Asian Studies Review 32.4 (2008). She has co-edited Shojo Manga Wonderland (Meiji Shoin, 2012) and a special issue of US-Japan Women's Journal 38 (2010) featuring shojo manga.