Alisa Freedman is a Professor of Japanese Literature, Cultural Studies, and Gender at the University of Oregon and the Editor-in-Chief of the U.S.–Japan Women’s Journal. Her books include Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road, an annotated translation of Kawabata Yasunari’s The Scarlet Gang of Asakusa, and co-edited volumes on Modern Girls on the Go: Gender, Mobility, and Labor in Japan, and Introducing Japanese Popular Culture. She is writing two new books: Cold-War Coeds: The Untold Story of Japanese Women Sponsored by the U.S. Military and TV Japan: Screaming Samurai Form Anime Clubs in the Land of the Lost.
Alisa has been nationally recognized for excellence in mentoring. She is getting through the quarantine by doing lots of dance, yoga, and Zoom classes with her students.