Staff and lecturers Staff and lecturers

Dr Simon Kaner, Director

Executive Director of Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Head of Centre for Archaeology and Heritage

Simon Kaner (MA, PhD Cantab, 2004) is Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies. He is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan.
Simon Kaner
Before joining the Sainsbury Institute he was Senior Archaeologist at Cambridgeshire County Council and retains his interest in the management of cultural heritage. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology and has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere. His publications include The Power of Dogu: Ceramic Figures from Ancient Japan (2009), which accompanies a major exhibition at the British Museum. Other works include Jomon Reflections: Forager Life and Culture in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago by Kobayashi Tatsuo (2005) which he adapted and edited with Nakamura Oki, as well as An Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology (2016)

Current Research

His research interests include: Japanese prehistory and the history of archaeology in Japan, Japanese cultural heritage and the international role of Japanese heritage management.

Further details about Simon including publications can be found on the Sainsbury Institute website.


Ms Motoko Akashi

Research Student, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Motoko Akashi completed her MA in Applied Translation Studies at UEA in 2013. Her dissertation uses visibility paradigm of Laurence Venuti to analyse the translation strategies of Haruki Murakami, arguably the most celebrated writer and translator in contemporary Japan. Akashi is now PhD candidate at School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing under the supervision of Prof Duncan Large and Prof Joanna Drugan.

Her research entitled “Contesting Invisibility: Japanese Celebrity Translators and the Impact of their Fame” challenges the established view of literary translators through analysis of the celebrity translator phenomenon. The research compares the sociological, cultural, and linguistic status of celebrity translators. Where much research laments translators’ apparent lack of agency, her thesis argues to the contrary, that literary translators worldwide can actively affect their own cultural status, depending on the cultural contexts they exist.

Motoko is partially funded by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (GBSF) and the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS), and has also been funded by the Japan Foundation. 


Akashi, M. (2017) Translator Celebrity: Investigating Murakami Haruki’s Visibility as a Translator. Celebrity Studies Journal. (Forthcoming)

Akashi, M. & J. Hadley (2015) Translation and Celebrity: The Translation Strategies of Haruki Murakami and their Implications for the Visibility Paradigm. Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. (Published)

Akashi, M. & J. Hadley (2014) 著名翻訳家・テクスト分析・可視性概念: 村上春樹にみる同化・異化論の進展 / Celebrity Translators, Textual Analysis, and the Visibility Paradigm: How Haruki Murakami can Advance Domestication-Foreignization Thinking. Vol. 14, pp. 183-201. 通訳研究 [Interpreting and Translation Studies]. (Published)

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Ms Mika Brown

Lecturer in Japanese, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies


Dr Susan K Burton

Research Student, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Susan K Burton (BA SOAS, MA Essex, MA UEA, DPhil Sussex) is currently a research student in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Having worked for a decade as an associate professor in various Japanese universities, she is now writing a creative non-fiction book on the interesting lives and odd careers of foreigners in Japan. In her spare time, she is also trying to write the great Japan expatriate novel.  An oral historian, her research interests include expatriate and third culture studies.  She can be contacted via her website:


Mr Nicholas Bradley                       

Research Student, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Nicholas Bradley (BA, MSt Oxon, MA) is a current Creative and Critical Writing PhD student. After graduating with a master's degree in English Literature in 2005, he spent ten years working for Japanese organisations in Hiroshima, Frankfurt and Tokyo. He then returned to the U.K. to complete an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2016.

His PhD thesis will comprise of an 80,000-word novel set in Tokyo, and a 20,000-word critical project examining the figure of the cat in Japanese literature. Some Japanese authors who have inspired him are: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Murakami Haruki, Murakami Ryu and Natsume Soseki.

He is a current recipient of a 2017/18 Sasakawa Japanese Studies Postgraduate Studentship, and Associate Tutor in Japanese at UEA.


Dr Rayna Denison

Senior Lecturer in Film and Anime Studies, School of Art, Media and American Studies

The locus of Rayna's research and teaching is the transnational circulation of film and television texts and cultures. Using her background in Japanese Studies, Rayna has made anime and contemporary Japanese cinema core to her teaching and research. Rayna is the author of Anime: A Critical Introduction (Bloomsbury 2015), has edited Princess Mononoke: Understanding Studio Ghibli's Monster Princess (Bloomsbury 2018), and is the co-editor on the Eisner-Award nominated collection Superheroes on World Screens (with Rachel Mizsei-Ward, University of Mississippi Press, 2015). Rayna has co-edited several special editions of journals including one on adaptation for the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema (with David Desser, 2014) and another forthcoming in 2018 with James Rendell on Studio Ghibli for the Journal of East Asian Popular Culture. As these publications suggest, Rayna's research focuses on popular Japanese media and its global reach. 


Dr Martin Doherty

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Martin's research concerns developmental psychology, particularly children's developing 'theory of mind'.   He is interested in cross-cultural differences in social and perceptual development.  A driving interest is to explain why Japanese children develop theory of mind skills later than their Western counterparts.  He was a JSPS Fellow (2009) at Osaka Shoin Women's University, and currently collaborates with researchers at Tokyo Gakugei University and Joetsu Education University.

Further details about Martin, including publications can be found here.

Martin's book 'Theory of Mind' is available through Psychology Press.


Christopher Hayes

Project Officer, Centre for Japanese Studies

Chris joined the Centre for Japanese Studies in September. He will be assisting Simon with coordinating the various activities and projects in which CJS is engaged, including the summer schools convened by CJS, as well as providing a point of contact for the day-to-day running of the centre. Chris is currently a doctoral candidate at Cardiff University, where in October he passed his viva and is now in the process of correcting his thesis. His research examines British press representation of technology in Japan, with a particular focus on contradictory depictions of low- and high-tech Japan. 


Dr Steven Hayward

Reader, Computational Biology, School of Computing Sciences

The general area of Steven's research concerns conformational change in proteins and protein structure. In particular he is interested in the relationship between the two and how they both in turn relate to protein function. His research involves the use of various computational methods including biogeometry, molecular dynamics simulation and bioinformatics-based approaches. An example of his work is the DynDom software and its associated databases (see which form the foremost resource for the analysis and curation of information on protein domain movements.

Steven was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (1991-1992) and EU-STP Fellow (1993-1995) at University of Kyoto and has been collaborating with Japanese researchers ever since.  As a member of the Computational Biology Laboratory in the School of Computing Sciences,  Steven has been awarded a JSPS Invitation (Short Term), JSPS Furusato and JSPS Bridge Fellowships, and with colleagues in CMP was awarded The 4th Annual Biophysics and Physicobiology (BPPB) Editor's Choice Award from The Biophysical Society of Japan for their research paper on biomolecular haptics in 2017. 


Ms Tracey Hearn

International Officer, Admission, Recruitment and Marketing

Tracey Hearn has been working in the international sphere of Higher Education marketing and recruitment for over 10 years.  After completing an MA Culture and Communication at UEA in 2003, Tracey took up a position with INTO, assisting them in establishing the first INTO pathway preparation centre on a UK university campus.  Since 2009, Tracey has been working within the University's International Office, working to drive student recruitment, develop business and build relationships with overseas institutions and organisations, most significantly in Japan, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand.  Tracey has been travelling to Japan for over 7 years for both business and pleasure, and has assisted the University in increasing both its portfolio or Japanese partner institutions and Japanese student enrollments. Tracey is now Country Development Manager for East Asia, which includes responsibilities for China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

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Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe

Honorary Lecturer, School of Education

Geoff travelled to Japan in January 2017 to speak at a conference in Tokyo on citizenship and citizenship education.  His main contact was Jiro Hasumi, Associate Professor of Politics and Citizenship Education, Kyushu University.  At the conference there were academics from across a range of disciplines including Politics and Social Studies from different universities.  The Japanese government is gradually introducing a citizen education programme for schools and both the government and academics are keen to find out about international experiences.  UEA may be visited by Japanese academics and students relating to this in the future.


Dr Naoko Kishita

Lecturer in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life, School of Health Sciences

Naoko qualified as a Clinical Psychotherapist in 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. After completing her Ph.D at Doshisha University, she used postdoctoral funding to move to the National University of Ireland Galway to continue her research work. Naoko joined the Department of Clinical Psychology within the Norwich Medical School in July 2014 before taking up a lecturer position in the School of Health Sciences. Her research programme focuses on the development of psychosocial interventions for dementia carers and older people. She has a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Read More:


Professor Peter Kitson

Professor of English, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Peter Kitson joined UEA as a Professor of English in April 2013 in LDC and has a research interest in cultural relations between Britain and Southeast Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries. To date this has mainly been focused on China and Peter has just finished a monograph on Britain and China 1760-1840. Peter also would like to extend this focus to Japan in future.  In 2010 he received a visiting fellowship from the JSPS to work with Japanese scholars of British Romanticism and in June 2014, he is delivering a plenary lecture at the Romantic Connections conference on Tokyo which is included in the Japan400 programme:

Professor Kitson is interested in exploring further research collaborations with scholars in Japan, especially with regard to the perceptions of Japan in the period of the long 18th century.


Kayo Kondo

Research Student, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Kayo completed MA in Language and Communication Studies at UEA in 2016.  Her dissertation focuses on health communication, specifically, clinical empathy in medical education context in Japan, and the PhD thesis will centre on clinical consultation models between older patients and primary care doctors in Japan using conversation analysis. 


Dr Susanne Lindqvist

Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Practice and Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Practice, School of Medicine 

Susanne and her team develop and deliver interprofessional learning (IPL) opportunities for students and practitioners alike.  CIPP carries out research associated with interprofessional education and practice and the team has a number of publications in the field.  Susanne’s own particular interests in this area focus around interprofessional attitudes, effective facilitation of IPL, transition of IPL into real improvements in practice and the actual change management process in the clinical setting.

Susanne joined CIPP in 2002, initially to set up a pilot with healthcare students.  The purpose of the initiative was to give students an opportunity to learn with, from and about each other allowing them to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour that facilitate effective interprofessional practice and lead to optimal care delivery.  The initial pilot turned out to be a success and as a result she was asked to extend IPL to involve all health and social care students.  Since 2002, CIPP developed number of different IPL opportunities for ~ 3000 students across twelve different professions at UEA every year.  From 2017-2018, this responsibility was handed over to the different schools, with CIPP having a supportive and advisory role.  Instead, CIPP now focusses more on working together with organisations - locally, nationally and internationally - to further support professionals in their strive to develop interprofessional practice that has optimal impact on people in need of care.

A collaboration with Niigata University of Health and Welfare (NUHW) was initiated in 2007.  Since then, Susanne has visited Niigata twice and students/staff from Niigata have visited UEA every year.  A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two institutions in 2011 in order to consolidate the connection and stimulate further exchange that facilitate the development of best interprofessional education and practice.


Dr Ra Mason

Sasakawa Lecturer in International Relations, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Ra Mason has taught a variety of subjects, including: International Relations, Global Politics, and Japanese Studies.  His research centres on the role of risk in international relations, and specifically its recalibration and mediation as part of discourses of security.  Ra specializes in Japanese Foreign Policy and Okinawa's security.  In his own time, Ra enjoys Football, cricket and painting.


Dr Sherzod Muminov

Lecturer in Japanese History, School of History

Sherzod Muminov is a historian of modern Japan who works with sources in Japanese and Russian, and is also fluent in Turkish. His primary research is in the history and legacies of the Japanese Empire, Japanese-Soviet relations, the Cold War in East Asia, the post-WWII migrations in East Asia and Eurasia, and the international and transnational history of the Soviet system of forced labour camps for foreign prisoners-of-war. Sherzod wrote his doctoral dissertation on the Siberian Internment – the captivity, labour exploitation and indoctrination of more than 600,000 Japanese former servicemen in the Soviet forced labour camps between 1945-1956. In April 2016 his research was awarded in Japan the inaugural Murayama Tsuneo Memorial Award for the Promotion of Research into the Siberian Internment. Sherzod is currently working on his book project on the internment under contract from Harvard University Press.


Dr Akiko Tomatsuri

Lecturer in Japanese Language, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Akiko Tomatsuri lectures on Japanese language, culture and society, and translation at UEA. Akiko's primary interest is in music and society, specialising in the role of music and musicians in ancient Greek society. Her PhD thesis analysed music considered in its broadest sense as a social phenomenon encompassing a range of intellectual activities such as literature, drama, religion, education, and philosophy. Prior to joining UEA in 2014, Akiko worked as a concert producer of Classical, ethnic, and contemporary music in Japan, as a Japanese teacher in Australia, and as a translator in the UK. Her current research on the reception of ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture in Japan seeks to combine her knowledge of music, Classics, and translation.


Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay

Lecturer in Japanese Language, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay has taught Japanese language, art history, culture and society. She obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, specializing in modern Japanese art history, and the perception of nihonga (Japanese style painting) and the formation of nihonga collections outside of Japan. Following the completion of her doctorate, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from 2013 to 2014. In 2014, she was appointed as a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC), where she is now an Academic Associate.


Current Research

Eriko is currently working on a book project, East Asian Art History in a transnational context.  This study proposes an important new framework that focuses on the relationships between China, Japan, and Korea. By reconsidering existing concepts of ‘East Asia,’ and examining the porousness of boundaries in East Asian art history, the study proposes a new model for understanding trans-local artistic production – in particular the mechanics of mutual influence – at the turn of the twentieth century.


Dr Kaoru Umezawa

Lecturer in Japanese Language, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies


Dr Nadine Willems

Lecturer in Japanese History, School of History

Nadine Willems is an intellectual and cultural historian of modern Japan.  She joins UEA with a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford, which she received in 2015. Her thesis examined the agrarian foundations of early twentieth century Japanese anarchism, with a focus on the cross-border and non-institutional links that informed its development.  Her research interests extend to the history of ethnography, proletarian literature and human geography in a transnational perspective.  Prior to returning to academia in 2008, she worked in media and business in Tokyo for fifteen years, a professional experience that gives her useful insights into the workings of contemporary Japanese society.


Dr Barry Witcher

Reader Emeritus in Strategic and General Management, Norwich Business School

Barry WitcherDr Barry Witcher BA, PhD, is Reader Emeritus in Strategic and General Management at UEA's Norwich Business School. He joined the new Norwich Business School as Deputy Dean in 1995. He has held the post of Director of Research, and conducted the Directorships of two of UEA's largest masters and undergraduate programmes (the MSc and BSc in Business Management).

Current Research and Publications

As holder of research council and BAM grants, Barry's pioneering work on hoshin kanri business planning has led Toyota to recommend him as the leading European source on the subject. He has pushed back the conventional boundaries of strategy to take account of delivery and performance management, publishing a major international text in 2010: Strategic Management: Principles and Practice (Cengage).

He has previously worked in banking in the City of London, trout farming, community cooperatives in the Western Isles, and as director of the Centre for Quality and Change at the Durham University Business School. He has held posts at Strathclyde, Stirling, Teesside, Durham and Griffith Universities.

Barry has published an article on Hoshin Kanri through the Eyes of English Language Texts, in the Journal of Business Studies, 53(3), (2013) published by Ryukoku University.  Hoshin kanri is a Japanese approach developed since the 1960s for strategic planning and strategy deployment approach, used by large companies, such as Toyota, Nissan, but also Western ones like GE, Proctor & Gamble, Rolls Royce, and it has recently been introduced into parts of the NHS.  An extended bibliography is available from NBS.

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Professor Nicole C. Rousmanière

Research Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Nicole C. Rousmanière is currently on a two-year secondment to the British Museum. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998 and spent three years on secondment as a Visiting Professor in Cultural Resource Studies at Tokyo University (2006-2009).

Current Research

Interests include Japanese contemporary craft, Japanese manga, early modern to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and trade networks, the history of archaeology and object collection from Japan across both Asia and Europe.


Jennifer Coates

Senior Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Cultures, and Heritage

Jennifer Coates is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Culture, and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, which is affiliated to the University of East Anglia.

She is the author of Making Icons: Repetition and the Female Image in Japanese Cinema, 1945-1964 (Hong Kong University Press, 2016). She was awarded a PhD in Film and Media from SOAS, University of London in 2014. Jennifer has been a Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (2012), a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University (2011), and Assistant Professor at the Hakubi Center for Advanced Research, Kyoto University (2014-2018).

Her work has been published in Cultural Studies, Japanese Studies, Japan Forum, and The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. Jennifer’s research interests include Japanese and East Asian cinema, photography, gender studies, filmmaking, and ethnographic methods.


Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer

Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Cultures, and Heritage

Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer is Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Culture, and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, which is affiliated to the University of East Anglia.

She is an art historian specialising in modern Japanese art. She received her Ph.D. from Heidelberg University in 2016 and since then held postdoctoral positions at Emory University, Atlanta, GA and Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, D.C. Her research interests include postwar art in Japan; modern calligraphy history in East Asia; transcultural studies; abstract art; and the relationship between image and language in Japanese art. She is currently working on her book manuscript People of the Ink: Japanese Avant-Garde Calligraphers in Postwar Abstract Art.


Hiroyuki Kitaura

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow

Hiroyuki Kitaura is a film historian who specialises in postwar Japanese films. He obtained his PhD from Kyoto University with a dissertation titled Changes in Japanese Cinema Accompanying the Spread of Television: Industry, Technology, and Content. Hiroyuki was an assistant professor from April 2013 to March 2018 at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken), which is an inter-university research institute in Kyoto. Hiroyuki has been working at the forefront of Japanese studies research in Kyoto and looks forward to applying innovative approaches in his projects during his fellowship here. He is planning to look into the history of overseas development and acceptance of Japanese films and Anime, mainly works by Toei Company, during his fellowship.