Associate Professor of Japanese, Northern Illinois University
. from University of Hawaii
Research interests: historical linguistics; Asuka-Nara era linguistics, literature, history; kokugaku (Kamo no Mabuchi, Motoori Norinaga). I am currently trying to finish a translation of Nihon shoki that has taken me almost ten years.
The Authenticity of Sendai Kuji Hongi : A New Examination of Texts, With a Translation And Commentary (Brill's Japanese Studies Library, 2006). // Historiographical Trends in Early Japan (Lewiston, .: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002); A Descriptive Grammar of Early Old Japanese Prose (Brill's Japanese Studies Library, 2001); "A New Look at Paekche and Korean: Data from Nihon shoki ." Language Research (); " Toru in Old Japanese." Journal of East Asian Linguistics (); "The Origin of Man:yoogana." BSOAS (vol. 64, pt 1, pp. 59-73).
J. Kristen Urban is associate professor of political science at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, and a 2003-2004 Fulbright Scholar to Bahrain, where she taught at the University of Bahrain. She is the recipient of a 2006 Malone Fellowship from the National Council for US-Arab Relations that took her to Saudi Arabia as part of a high-level delegation of policy discussions with Saudi leaders. Her most recent publications appear in Suleiman and Muhawi’s Literature and Nation in the Middle East (Edinburgh University Press, 2006) and in The World and I (June 2008).