Dr. Michihiro Ama (CV) received his M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Otani University, Kyoto, Japan and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Irvine. His two main research areas are: the transnational study of modern Japanese Buddhism, and literature and Buddhism in modern Japan. He is the author of Immigrants to the Pure Land: The Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941 (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2011) and the guest editor of the featured articles on “Natsume Soseki and Buddhism” in vol. 38. Currently he is working on his second book project, tentatively entitled The Awakening of Fiction: Literature and Buddhism in Modern Japan.

Dr. Rebeca Maseda (CV) is an active and passionate researcher whose main interests are gender and film and the uses of film and media in the Spanish classroom. She is currently involved in a project regarding the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and she is in the process of writing a manuscript entitled “Finding your ‘Spanish’ Voice: Improving student’s Confidence and Fluency.” She is also writing on female filmmakers strategies in representing trauma looking at Spaniard Isabel Coixet´s The Secret life of Words (2005) and Peruvian Claudia Llosa’s The Milk of Sorrow(2009). Previously, she had explored cinematographic representations of war-related PTSD and representations of PTSD in women through cinema, specifically in The Secret Life of Words and Bosnian Jasmila Zbanic´s Grbavica. She has published multiple articles on lesbian pornography, deconstruction of gender in cinema, and she is the author of the book Essay on Contradiction: Virginia Woolf on Screen. She is also author of the articles “Perception Holes: Schizophrenic Creation in Julio Medem’s Sex and Lucia.” Outside academia, while a member of a curating collective (ARTRYST), she published an interview to performance artist Switch Theatre related to the experiences of pain and pleasure. 

Her professional web site is https://sites.google.com/site/masedarebeca/home.

Dr. Sudarsan Rangarajan (CV) is Professor of French and Coordinator of the French program. His areas of interest are twentieth century French literature, Québécois literature, and critical theory. His research focuses on narratology and the study of genres. His articles have appeared in The French Review, Neophilologus, and Symposium. He has recently published a book on Michel Butor’s L’Emploi du temps, Critical Essays on Michel Butor's L'Emploi du temps (Peter Lang, New York, 2012).