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Faculty of Social and Information Studies – Michiko Suematsu – Professor

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Michiko Suematsu

Michiko Suematsu, Professor

Department of Information Behavioral Science, British and American Drama/Gender Equality Office/Library and Information Technology Center


Graduated from Sophia University, Department of English Literature/Completed master's degree and doctoral degree at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Graduate School of Humanities/Part-time Instructor at Tamagawa University/Part-time Instructor at Joshi-Seigakuin Junior College/Liberal Arts Instructor at Gunma University/Instructor and Associate Professor in Faculty of Social and Information Studies/Present post/Visiting Researcher at University of London while serving in Faculty of Social and Information Studies/Vice President, Director of Gender Equality Office, Director of Library and Information Technology Center

Q1: Could you briefly describe your research?

A1: My research involves the comparative analysis of Shakespeare performances.
I analyze how local cultures and societies are reflected in the performance of Shakespeare's theatrical works. I am also working with other researchers in Asia to create a web archive of Shakespeare performances in Asian countries, to share them with the rest of the world.

Q2: What do you find most appealing about research?

A2: There is not much team-based research being conducted in the arts, but this type of research is expanding due to the activities of academic societies. Through my connections with other researchers that I met at academic conferences in Japan and abroad, I became involved with the international project to establish the Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive. This has been very rewarding.

Q3: What inspired you to pursue a career in research?

A3: My teachers motivated me with their words of encouragement. I would not be who I am today if it were not for the teachers who directly or indirectly advised me to keep following the path toward becoming a researcher, particularly when I was undecided about going to graduate school, and when I was thinking of giving up on pursuing a doctoral degree.

Q4: What makes you feel glad to be a researcher?

A4: I am happy that I have been able to pursue work in the area that I am most passionate about. Every day, I have a real sense that life does not get any better than this.

Q5: How do you balance your research with your private life?

A5: I am a planning fiend, so I start with a plan. I consider how much time it will take to do the things I need to do, and I map everything out in terms of days, weeks, and months.

Q6: Do you have a book that changed your life, or any books that you have written?

A6: In addition to contributing to "Performing Shakespeare in Japan" (Cambridge University Press, 2001), the book also motivated me to push ahead with my subsequent Shakespeare performance research.

Q7: How do you relieve stress?

A7: I enjoy shopping and like to go "window-shopping" in catalogs.

Q8: What are your hobbies?

A8: Finding cats that lurk in the shadows.

My Career Path & Life Events

Graduated university

Earned master's degree

Entered doctoral program


Earned doctoral degree

Became part-time instructor

Assumed post at Gunma University

Cared for parents


Favorite Photo

Photograph with Wendy, my "English mother".