Dr. Yuki Matsuda

Professor of Japanese and Japanese Section Head

(901) 678-4365
Jones Hall 230A
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B.A., 1989, Michigan State University (Linguistics)
M.A., 1991, University of Massachusetts/ Boston (TESOL)
M.A., 1993, University of Southern California (Linguistics)
Ph.D., 1997, University of Southern California (Linguistics)

About Dr. Matsuda

Professor Matsuda joined the department in 2000. She taught Japanese at the University of Southern California and the University of Washington in Seattle before coming to the University of Memphis. Her research and teaching interests include Japanese linguistics and the applications to language pedagogy, focused on the multimodal social semiotic analysis of the Japanese language used in the text of Japanese popular culture, literature, and social/ commercial media. Her recent publications include Poetics of Popular Culture: The Hidden Multimodality in Japanese Characters (Tokyo, Kazama Shobo 2019). She is a recipient of the Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award at the university and served as a board member of the College Board's inaugural AP Japanese Curriculum and Exam Development Committee.