Fumiko Joo


Dr. Fumiko Jōo received her B.A. from Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, M.A. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. As an interdisciplinary and transregional scholar of early modern East Asian literature and cultural history, she specializes in gender, religion, and the supernatural of Late Imperial China and Tokugawa Japan. Prior to joining the faculty at Mississippi State University, she was awarded postdoctoral fellowship by Yale University and Johns Hopkins University, where she taught East Asian literature and published articles on gender, religion, local history, and ghost tales of early modern China and Japan. Dr. Jōo is a co-author (with Dr. Joshua A. Fogel) of Japanese for Sinologists: A Reading Primer with Glossaries and Translation (University of California Press, forthcoming 2017). Currently, she is completing a book manuscript on the cultural history of ghost tales and Sino-Japanese exchange by examining the micro-regional and transregional production, circulation, and consumption of the ghost tale collection New Tales for the Trimmed Lampwick (Jiandeng xinhua) by Hangzhou writer Qu You (1347-1433).