Adjunct Assistant Professor (Japanese)
Room number
NB 7.66

PhD  The Graduate Center, CUNY

MA  The University of Tokyo

BA  Sophia University, Tokyo


Keiko Miyajima holds a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, CUNY. She has taught Japanese language, literature, culture, film, and manga/anime at Adelphi University, Hofstra University, CUNY Queens College, and CUNY John Jay College. Her current research interest is gender and sexuality in manga and modern literature.

JJC Affiliations
Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures
Courses Taught

JPN101, JPN102, JPN201 and JPN202

Professional Memberships

Modern Language Association 

Association for Asian Studies 

Northeast Modern Language Association

Scholarly Work

“XX, XY, and XXY: Genderqueer Bodies in Hagio Moto’s Science Fiction Manga,” in LGBTQ Comics Studies Reader (UPM, 2022)   (

“Queering the Palate: The Erotics and Politics of Food in Japanese Gourmet Manga,” in Studies in Comics, 11.2, 2021 (

“I–Thou Relationships in Tourism: The Case of Cross-Cultural Interaction between Okinawan Locals and Japanese Tourists.” Co-authored with Henning, Graham and Kawabata, Shinsuke. Tourism Culture & Communication, vol.11, 2011 (;jsessionid=19r3gi8vmawvh.x-ic-live-02)

“Spatializing the Self: Places of Experience in Henry James, William James, and Kitaro Nishida.” The Journal of the American Literature Society of Japan No. 40, 2004 ( 

“Looking from the Other Side: Gaze, Gender, and The Aspern Papers.Strata No. 16, 2002 (

Book Translation:アレキサンダーに学ぶ100戦100勝の成功法則』 (Translation from Are Leaders Born or Made?: The Case of Alexander the Great by Manfred F. R. Kets De Vries)  East Press, Tokyo, 2005


Honors and Awards

"Be Better Together” Project: Japanese Studies Curriculum Development and Building Bridges Across CUNY Professional Development Seminar, funded by the Japan Foundation (2020-2021)

CUNY-wide Collaboration and Innovation for the New Digital Era of Japanese Language Education, funded by the Japan Foundation (2020) 

PSC/CUNY Adjunct Professional Development Grant (2019)

Adjunct of the Year Award (2012-13), John Jay College