Annmaria Shimabuku works at the crossroads of Okinawan literature, postcolonial Japanese studies, and literary/political theory. Before coming to New York University as Associate 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 literatures, 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, Sociology, University of Tokyo
Ph.D. 2010, East Asian Literature, Cornell University
Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life
forthcoming from Fordham University Press in November 2018.
“Auslegung und Kommentar zu Ukai Satoshis ‘To Bear a Shadow, or What is the Translation of Resistance?’”
Trans. Marie Lottmann in Die Sozialität von Kontext: Die Einholung der Abwesenheit in der Übersetzung und im Kommentar. Ed. Andreas Langenohl and John Namjun Kim. Konstanz: Konstanz University Press, (forthcoming).
“Okinawa’s Gentleman’s Agreement: The Divide-and-Conquer Tactics of Transpacific Colonialism and the Mixed Okinawan Subject.”
Hapa Japan: Constructing Global Mixed Roots, Japanese Identities and Representations. Ed. Duncan Williams. Los Angeles: USC Press, 2016, 123-132.