Annmaria Shimabuku works at the crossroads of Okinawan literature, postcolonial Japanese studies, and literary/political theory. Before coming to New York University as Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, she was Assistant Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature at UC Riverside. Committed to a bilingual address that engages both sides of the Pacific simultaneously, she publishes in English and Japanese.
Japanophone and minor literature, postcolonial studies, mixed race studies, biopolitics, critical theory, and Okinawan studies.
B.A. 1997, Japanese Language and Literature, Middlebury College
M.A. 2001, Sociology, University of Tokyo
A.B.D. 2004, Feminist Theory, University of Tokyo
Ph.D. 2010, Asian Studies, Cornell University
"Okinawa, the Non-Place of the Exception: The Postcolonial Literature of Sakiyama,"
NYU, New York, NY
“Travelling Texts and the Work of Afro-Japanese Cultural Production: Two Haiku and a Microphone” (discussant)
University of California Consortium for Black Studies in California, UC Irvine
“Sakiyama Tami and Literature of the Exception,”
Cultural Studies Association, Riverside, CA
“A Critique of Sexual Violence: Medoruma Shun and the Task of His Translator,”
“The Seduction of Sovereignty and the Birth of Biopolitics: Okinawan Sexual Labor under U.S. Military Occupation as a Problem of the Extralegal,” “Society for the Humanities Fellows’ Conference on OCCUPATION: A Critical Problematic for the Humanities,”