Humanities Building, Room 108
Recent graduates who have focused their studies on Asia or Japanese language and culture are in great demand in fields such as education, international banking and commerce, law, foreign service, studio and design art and journalism. Others have gone on to professional schools or to graduate programs in Asian Studies, Japanese language and culture, linguistics and teaching English as a second language, history, economics and international business.
Devon Kristiansen '12 is in the MA program at the University of Minnesota and has been offered a summer research project in Beijing, gathering Chinese census data.
Evan Coles-Harris '10 is in the MA program at Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.
Hae Yeon (Alice) Jeong '10 is working/studying at Korea Development Institute in Seoul, South Korea, researching inter-Korean economic development and pursuing an MPP in International Relations and Political Economy.
Erin Meitzner, Lauren Ackerman, Joanna Clark and Kevin Johnson '10 are working in the JET program.
Lexi Lepler '10 is working in China.
Molly Gaines '09 began studying Asian Art History in the Columbia program of Art History and Archaeology, in fall 2012.
Keaton White '09 received a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Japan and study consumer preferences and country-of-origin bias. He is now employed with Capcom, a video game developer and publisher in Osaka, Japan.
Monique Murphy '08 is in the doctoral program in French Linguistics at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research plans include comparisons of French and Japanese.
Kristyn Martin '08 graduated the Japanese Language and Linguistics MA program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has been accepted into the PhD program.
Raven Parsons '08 worked on the JET program as a Coordinator of International Relations for three years and is currently working at a recruiting company (En World) in Nagoya, Japan.
Wes Robertson '08 is studying Japanese applied linguistics at Monash University in Australia and recently received the Endeavour Postgraduate Award which enables study, research and professional development in Australia.
Matthew Rosenbaum '07 is attending Cornell University Medical School. He previously received a Fulbright Scholarship to study health and longevity in Japan.
Naomi Rubin '07 (Valley Village, Calif.) is an assistant to the CEO at Japanime Company, Ltd., in West Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan
Ben Livingston '07 is working for Reliable Sites LLC, a web designing and programming company.
Mashal Saif '06 is pursuing a PhD in religion at Duke.
Laura Bower '06 has been studying law at the University of Virginia Law School.
Sasha Kirschner '06 is attending Seattle University School of Law.
Kate (Cohen) Maruyama ’05 manages study abroad programs in Japan, Vietnam, and China with CET Academic Programs as the Asia Programs Officer. Previously, she spent three years on the JET Program in Osaka. She spoke recently at Macalester; here is a summary of her remarks.
Michael Tobin '04 is currently employed at Daitec Ltd. in Fukuoka, Japan. He is working as a technical writer -- writing and translating technical manuals
Ethan Bushelle '03 is pursuing a Master's Degree in the Regional Studies East Asia (RSEA) program at Harvard. His primary research interest is Japan: Buddhism, especially of the medieval period, and its relation to language.
Brian Steininger '03 completed Yale University’s PhD program in Japanese literature, and is an Assistant Professor at Bates College.
Colleen Laird '02 after one year on the JET program, Colleen is now a PhD candidate in Modern Japanese Literature and Film at the University of Oregon.
Erik Slivken '02 received a Fulbright scholarship and traveled to Japan to do mathematical research. After completion, he started working at a Japanese software company called q-games as a video game programmer. He is now attending the University of Washington studying Mathematics.
Bailey Eder '02 went to Japan on the JET program and still resides there. He worked as an AET (Assistant English Teacher) for three years in Yubari, Hokkaido. He currently runs a bar in Furano, Hokkaido, called "The Bridge" and interprets for Hokuryo, a real estate and construction translation company.
Matthew West '02 received the Bridging Scholarship to study abroad in Tokyo, Japan. He is currently working as the manager of the Interactive Learning Center (language lab) at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. He and his wife, Jennifer West '01, have a daughter, Olivia Marie, (Dec. '05).
Grechen Wolf '02 entered law school at Hamline University concentrating on International Law with the intention of practicing Japanese Business law. She has since graduated, and is currently an attorney practicing in the Twin Cities.
Matthew Healy '01 received a Fulbright scholarship to travel to Japan to do research in economics.
Eric Kosinski '01 worked as a Coordinator for International Relations through the JET program sponsored by the Japanese government for two years, and then received a JD from Temple University Law School. He is currently working at a law firm in Tokyo.
Yukiko Norton '00 presently works as an Advanced IT Analyst for 3M.
Dave Bernotas '99 entered the University of Illinois after graduation and is pursuing a PhD in economics.
Jessica Blythe '99 works in the international travel industry for Carlson-Wagonlit Travel.
Lei Bryant '97 received PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in ethnomusicology and is now a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at Skidmore College.
Heather Schlesinger '97 and Ardis Burr '97 worked in Japan as a Coordinators for International Relations through the Japan Exchange and Teaching program, sponsored by the Japanese government.
Lisa Kerszencwejg '96 is an Associate Attorney with the practice of Reed Smith, Shaw and McClay, LLP
Harry Kobrak '94 received a Fulbright fellowship for one year of study in Japan after graduation. After finishing an MBA program at Georgetown University, he has been working for Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi Ltd.
Ben Rosenthal '94 received a PhD in Japanese Linguistics from UCLA in 2006. He is currently working as an in-house translator/interpreter for the videogame publisher THQ. Published "The Japanese Aspectual Construction-TE I-: A Context-Free/Context-Sensitive Approach" in 2008.
Yan Qiu '94 works for Imagineer Co. Ltd in Japan.
Jenny Nagaoka '92 received a Fulbright fellowship for one year of study in Japan. Following that she received a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago where she pursued a PhD in Public Affairs.
Erika Schneller '92 studied law at Indiana University and is now Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota.
Brian D. Landberg '91 received a two year Rotary Foundation Japan Program Scholarship that allowed him to research alternative energy sources at Hokkaido University.
J. Robert Magee '91 lives in Japan and has completed three books on contemporary Japan.
Jeff Bayliss '88 received a PhD in Japanese history from Harvard in 2003. His research focused on minority groups in prewar and wartime Japan. At present, he is a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard, but as of September, 2004 he will join the faculty of Trinity College.
Michael Bourdaghs '87 received both Mellon and Fulbright scholarships. He continued his education and was awarded a PhD in Japanese literature from Cornell and is now teaching Japanese literature at the University of Chicago.
Kenneth Port '82 was a Fulbright Scholar to the University of Tokyo twice. He is now is a professor and Director of Intellectual Property Law Studies at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. Ken is recognized worldwide as an expert on Japanese law, in particular, Article 9 of the Japanese Consititution.
Aileen Gatten '69 finished a PhD from the University of Michigan and is now an independent researcher specializing in classical Japanese literature. Her work as a translator is highly respected in the field.