MAMIKO C. SUZUKI, Prof. portrait
  • Section Head, Japanese Section, World Languages and Cultures
  • Assistant Professor, World Languages and Cultures



  • PhD, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago

Honors & Awards

  • Travel Grant for archival research at the National Diet Library and Ministry of the Interior Library. Northeast Asia Council Japanese Studies Short Term Travel Grant, 09/02/2015
  • Travel grant for research in Japan. College of Humanities International Travel Grant, 09/02/2015
  • Faculty Fellowship Grant received for preparation of the manuscript titled _Gendered Power in Meiji Women’s Education (1890-1911). This project examines the paradoxical nature of Japanese women’s influence and authority within the field of education during a period characterized by disenfranchisement, entrenched Confucian definitions of women’s familial roles, and rapid transformation and upheaval brought about by industrialization. University of Utah Faculty Fellowship, 08/2015


Mamiko Suzuki is Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. She is currently working on a book manuscript Gendered Power in Meiji Empress' Salon, with a particular focus on the emergence of women's education in the late 19th and early 20th century, and on the diaries, essays, poetry, and fiction, of Meiji female intellectuals affiliated with the Meiji empress Haruko’s salon, such as popular rights activist and poet Nakajima Toshiko (1864-1901) and influential Shimoda Utako (1854-1936). 

She received the University of Utah Faculty Fellowship (2016) and an NEAC Short Term Travel Grant (2015) to work on her book manuscript. She has published in the refereed journals Japanese Language and Literature, CLCWeb, and U.S. Japan Women’s Journal and has also translated Japanese short fiction and essays by Sata Ineko, Futabatei Shimei, and Mitani Kuniaki.

Her research interests include the relationship between women’s literature and education of the Meiji period in connection to imperial power; Classical Chinese poetry and prose; and Confucianism in the lives of elite, educated women. 


  • Japanese, fluent.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Eastern Asia
  • Japan