Kerim Yasar specializes in modern Japanese literature and film, media history, and translation studies. His current book manuscript, Electrified Voices: Auditory Technology and Culture in Prewar Japan examines the roles played by the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, radio, and sound film in the discursive, aesthetic, and ideological practices of Japan from 1868 to 1945. In conjunction with this project, he is working with Japanese studies librarian Maureen Donovan to build the first dedicated collection of historical Japanese sound recordings in the United States at OSU. He has published translations from Japanese in a variety of genres and media, from contemporary Japanese novels to pre-modern poetry to subtitles for more than eighty Japanese films in the Criterion Collection and Janus Film libraries, including classic works by directors such as Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujirō, and Ōshima Nagisa. He comes to Ohio State after having taught at Boston University, Princeton, and Notre Dame.
- Japanese film and media history
- Modern Japanese literature
- Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University, 2009