Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature
Shige (CJ) Suzuki
Phone: (646) 312-4235
Location: VC 6-262
Professor Shige (CJ) Suzuki (PhD, University of California Santa Cruz) is an Assistant Professor who specializes in comparative literature, film, and popular culture, teaching courses on Japanese literature, film, and culture, as well as the Japanese language. In addition to teaching at Baruch, he has taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Lehigh University, and Elon University.
Currently, Dr. Suzuki’s research is focused on two areas: a continuation of his dissertation research on Japanese speculative fiction from the perspective of posthumanism, and an investigation of Japanese comics (manga), in particular a type of manga called gekiga, which argues for their literary and cultural significance.
Dr. Suzuki has published several articles and book chapters both in Japanese and English. Recently published articles on comics include “Tatsumi Yoshihiro's Gekiga and the Global Sixties: Aspiring for an Alternative” (2013) in Manga's Cultural Crossroads edited by Jaqueline Berndt and Bettina Kümmerling-Meibauer, “Learning from Monsters: Mizuki Shigeru's Yōkai and War Manga” (2011) in Image [&] Narrative and “Envisioning Alternative Communities through a Popular Medium: Speculative Imagination in Hagio Moto's Girls' Comics” in International Journal of Comic Art (IJOCA).
Professor Suzuki also serves as coordinator of the Japanese program at Baruch College and advisor to students minoring in Japanese.