Asian Studies Center Japan Specialists

Rachel Jacobson
Rachel Jacobson
Administrative Assistant

I studied Japanese Languages and Literature at the University of Pittsburgh and received my Bachelor’s degree in August of 2011. My particular interest lies in the translation of pop culture documents such as manga and light novels. 

Brenda G Jordan
Director of the University of Pittsburgh national coordinating site for the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) and Japan Studies Coordinator, Asian Studies Center. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures

I am interested in issues of modernization, continuity and change in Meiji period Japanese art. I am currently working on projects that deal with the discourses about the nature of art in the late nineteenth century, and the impact that personal connections between Westerners and Japanese had on these discourses. I also am developing more interest in the representation of the supernatural in arts of the Edo and Meiji periods.