Dr. Kazue Harada

Dr. Kazue Harada

Assistant Professor of Japanese

Lead Departmental Advisor for Japanese

Irvin Hall 152
(513) 529-3365

Office Hours

Fall '22 (202310)
If above does not fit your schedule or you would like a virtual meeting, email for appointment.
Virtual meetings held via Zoom or WebEx.



2015 - Ph.D. - Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Japanese Language and Literature (and Women, Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Certificate)
Dissertation Title: “Japanese Women’s Science Fiction: Posthuman Bodies and the Representation of Gender.”

2003 - M.A. - University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Modern Japanese Literature
Thesis Title: “Good Bad Girls: Male Writers’ Romanticization of Prostitutes in the Postwar Era.”

1996 - B.A. - Hiroshima Women’s University (Currently Prefectural University of Hiroshima), Hiroshima, Japan, Japanese Literature and Language.

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Modern and contemporary Japanese literature
  • Japanese popular media
  • Japanese and East Asian civilization
  • Gender and sexuality in East Asia
  • Race and ethnicity critical theories in East Asia
  • Speculative and science fiction
  • Science, technology, and environment in literature
  • Feminism, gender, queer theories, race, and ethnicity in literature and multimedia

Courses Taught at Miami

  • JPN 101: Elementary Japanese
  • JPN 102: Elementary Japanese 
  • JPN 201: Second Year Japanese
  • JPN 260.C: Introduction to Japanese Civilization
  • JPN 260.E: Japanese Popular Culture
  • JPN 301: Third Year Japanese
  • JPN 302: Third Year Japanese 

Grants and Awards

  • PREP Award, Miami University (2018)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters
  • “Feminist ‘Failed’ Reproductive Future in Speculative Fiction: Ōhara Mariko, Murata Sayaka, and Ueda Sayuri,” in Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers, edited by Rebecca Copeland. Tokyo, Japan: MHM Limited, forthcoming.
  • “Cannibalistic Space and Reproduction in Japanese Speculative Fiction” In Fantastical Space in Contemporary Japanese Literature, edited by Mina Qiao. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, forthcoming.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  • “Visible Matters: Radiation in Kobayashi’s Erika’s Multimedia Project in the Post-Fukushima Japan,” Japanese Studies, 2021, 41(1): 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/10371397.2020.1847637.
  • “Defamiliarizing Women’s (Re)productive Bodies and Imagining a New Kinship in Shirai Yumiko’s Wombs,Japanese Language and Literature, October 2018, 52 (2): 277-314.


  • Invited Talk, “(Re)productive Futures and Defamiliarizing Womanhood in Contemporary Japanese Women’s Speculative Fiction,” February 2021, University of Turin, Italy, Online.
  • Invited Talk, “Reengineering (Re)productive Futures in Japanese Women's Science Fiction,” September 2020, Japan Foundation, Toronto, Online.
  • “(In)visibility of Biological Warfare, Colonial Subjects, and Japanese Masculinity in Science Fiction,” The Conference of Association for Asian Studies in Asia, September 2020, Online.
  • "(In)visibility of Biological Warfare, Colonial Subjects, and Japanese Masculinity in Science Fiction," The Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, January 2020, New College of Florida.
  • "Visual Mattering: Radiation in Post-Fukushima Japan in Erika Kobayashi's magna Luminous," The Miami Comics Scholars' Spring Symposium, May 2019, Miami University.
  • Invited Symposium, "Reengineering (Re)productive Future in Japanese Women's Science Fiction," The Woman in the Story: Female Protagonism in Japanese Narratives, March 2019, UCLA.
  • “Imagining Beyond X/Y in Japanese Women’s Science Fiction,” Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, October 2018, Metropolitan State University.
  • “Visual Matters: Radiation in Kobayashi’s Erika’s Multimedia Project in the Post-Fukushima Japan,” The Nonhuman in Japanese Culture and Society: Spirits, Animal, Technology, September 2018, University of Victoria, Canada.

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Association for Teachers of Japanese
  • Science Fiction Research Association
  • Midwest Japan Seminar
  • Society for Ecocriticism Studies in Japan  


  • English (near-native)
  • Japanese (native)
  • Mandarin (studying)
  • Korean (studying)