Faculty Profile

Robert Tuck

Robert Tuck

Assistant Professor, Japanese

Email: robert.tuck@mso.umt.edu
Office: LA 318
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Current Position

Assistant Professor of Japanese


Courses taught:

JPNS 101-2 Elementary Japanese

JPNS150 Japanese Culture and Civ,

JPNS 301-2 Advanced Japanese,

JPNS 371 Japanese Film and Animation,

JPNS 391 Japanese Manga, Fiction, and Film, 

JPNS 411 Readings in Modern Japanese Writers and Thinkers

JPNS 415 Advanced Japanese for Professional Purposes (taught Fall 17 as Introduction to Translation)


Ph.D., Modern Japanese Literature, Columbia University (2012)

M.A., Modern Japanese Literature, Waseda University (2009)

M.A., Modern Japanese Literature, Columbia University (2007)

M.A., Oriental Studies (Japanese), Wadham College, Oxford University (B.A. 2002, M.A. conferred 2007)

Field of Study

19th and 20th century Japanese literature, especially Sino-Japanese poetry (kanshi) and haiku; print and electronic media, poetry as political discourse, modes of literary education and pedagogy; 19th century Sino-Japanese relations.


Idly Scribbling Rhymers: Poetry, Media, and Community in 19th Century Japan (Columbia University Press; under contract)

  • Recipient, Weatherhead East Asian Institute First Book Prize

Review of Molly Des Jardin, “Editing Identity: Literary Anthologies and the Construction of
the Author in Meiji Japan” (PhD Dissertation, 2012), Dissertation Reviews Jan 2016

Review of Rosina Buckland, Painting Nature for the Nation: Taki Katei and the Challenges
to Sinophile Culture in Meiji Japan
(Brill, 2012), Japan Review no. 28 (2015)

"“All Men within the Four Seas are Brothers:” Transnational Kanshi Exchange in Meiji
Japan” Sino-Japanese Studies Vol. 22 (2015)

"Poets, Paragons, and Literary Politics: Sugawara no Michizane in Imperial Japan" Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 74-1 (2014), pp. 43-99.

“Telling the Cuckoo Not to Sing: Masaoka Shiki, Censorship, and Haiku as Public Discourse” in Tomi Suzuki, Hirokazu Toeda, Hikari Hori, Kazushige Munakata, eds., Censorship, Media and Literary Culture in Japan: From Edo to Postwar (Tokyo: Shin’yosha, 2012)








Japanese (near-native)

French (working knowledge)

Spanish (working knowledge)

Mandarin Chinese (working knowledge)

Classical Chinese (reading knowledge)

Professional Experience

Co-ordinator for International Relations, Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture (2003-2005)


Advisory Board, UM Humanities Institute