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Dr. Yurika Tamura

Yurika Tamura
Assistant Professor
Kaufman Family Global Fellow
New West 124

Office Hours: TR 10-11, Zoom
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Professional Biography

I received my Ph.D. in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Before joining the UNC faculty, I taught at New York University, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Davidson College. My scholarship focuses on Indigeneity, media and performance arts, minority formations under Japan’s imperialism, and corpo-materialist ethics of sound and sensation. My forthcoming book, Vibration of Others: Resonation and Corporeal Ethics of Transnational Indigenous Soundscapes (Wesleyan University Press, 2024) studies how Ainu artists curate transnational Indigenous soundscapes to address racism and environmental crises in post-Fukushima Japan and beyond.


  • JAPN 160: Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation
  • JAPN 160: Introduction to Japanese Literature in Translation


Vibration of Others: Transnational Indigenous Soundscapes and Echoes of Co-Survival. Music/Culture Series. Wesleyan University Press, 2024.

“Rehumanizing Ainu: Performance of De-subjectification and a Politics of the Sameness.” Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism. Volume 22, Number 2. June 2023.

“‘Minari’ Earns Oscar Noms, Marks Evolution of Asian-American Storytelling.” Davidson College Communications.

“Mimesis, Contention, and Corporeality of Otherness: Reading the Haircuts of Undocumented Immigrants’ Daughters in Japan.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. Volume 39, Issue 3. December 2018. 183-207.

“Lacerated Girls’ Uniforms and What the Cuts May Engender.” Feminist Formations. Volume 29, Issue 3. December 2017. 25-48.


Tanaka, Akifumi. Chichibu Scenery. Translated by Yurika Tamura. Tokyo, Japan: Tosei-sha. 2023.

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