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Elaine Tashiro Gerbert

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures - Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 2010
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590

Teaching Interests

  • Modern Japanese language
  • Modern Japanese literature
  • Play as a conceptual tool for studying Japanese culture
  • Education in Japan
  • Translation (Jpn to Eng)

Research Interests

  • Literature in interwar Japan
  • The culture of play in Japan
  • Visual culture in Japan
  • Humor and laughter in Japan
  • Education in Japan


Undergraduate Coordinator, EALC; Study Abroad in Japan advisor (EALC)

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