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Marc Yamada

Professor | Interdisciplinary Humanities
Department of Comparative Arts and Letters

JFSB 3037
BYU, Campus Dr
Provo, UT 84602



Marc Yamada received a BA in Japanese and International Relations and a MA in Comparative Studies from Brigham Young University and a PhD in Japanese Literature & Culture from UC Berkeley. Marc has published articles on modern Japanese literature, film, and manga and a book on  Japan’s Heisei Period: Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction & Film: the Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades (Routledge, 2019). He is the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, a scholarship from The Japanese Ministry of Education, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the US Department of Education. Marc has lived with his wife, Mikilani, and sons, Kyle and Sean, in Tokyo, Berkeley, Iowa City, and Winston Salem. They are excited to be back at BYU!


PhD, University of California, Berkeley, MA, Brigham Young U., BA, Brigham Young U., 

Research Interests

Japanese and East Asian film, literature, culture

Teaching Interests

East Asian film, literature, and culture. Postmodern culture. Popular Culture


  • PhD, Modern Japanese Literature, Film, and Culture , UC Berkeley (2006)
  • MA, Comparative Literature , Brigham Young University (2000)
  • BA, Japanese , Brigham Young University (1997)

Honors and Awards

  • Furlbright Fellowship, US Dept of Education (2004 - Present)
  • FLAS Fellowship, US Dept of Education (2001 - Present)
  • Scheuber-Veinz Professorship, College of Humanities, BYU (2023 - 2026)
  • P.A. Christensen Lectureship, College of Humanities, BYU (2023 - 2024)
  • One-Year Fellowship, The Humanities Center,, The Humanities Center, College of Humanities, BYU (2021 - 2022)
  • Archie Fund for the Arts and Humanities , Wake Forest University (2011 - 2012)

Administrative Assignments

  • Asian Studies : International Area Studies Coordinator (2022 - Present)
  • University Academic Review Committee : Other (Appointed by a VP) (2016 - Present)
  • International Cinema : Director (2018 - 2021)

Professional Citizenship

  • Committee/Council Chair, Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (2021 - Present)
  • Board Member, Journal of Popular Culture (2019 - Present)

Courses Taught


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