Timothy J. Van Compernolle
Timothy J. Van Compernolle, Associate Professor of Japanese, has been at Amherst since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of Michigan in 2001. Prior to Amherst, he held a teaching position at the College of William and Mary and a postdoctoral fellowship at Oberlin College. He teaches courses on Japanese literature, film, popular culture, and, with colleagues Samuel C. Morse and Trent Maxey, the course Re-inventing Tokyo. He is the author of several articles and the book The Uses of Memory: The Critique of Modernity in the Fiction of Higuchi Ichiyō (Harvard University Asia Center, 2006). His second monograph, Struggling Upward: Worldly Success and the Japanese Novel, is currently being reviewed for publication. He is a two-time recipient of the Fulbright research grant and has been a graduate research fellow at the University of Tokyo and a visiting scholar at Dōshisha, Keiō, and Waseda Universities in Japan.