Richard Calichman

Professor of Japanese & Asian Studies

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Asian Studies Program


North Academic Center



Richard Calichman



Richard F. Calichman, Ph.D., Cornell University. Professor of Japanese Studies and Director of Asian Studies. His scholarly interests focus on modern Japanese literature, philosophy, film, and intellectual history. Publications include Takeuchi Yoshimi: Displacing the West (2004); What is Modernity?: Writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi (2005); Contemporary Japanese Thought (2005); Overcoming Modernity: Cultural Identity in Wartime Japan (2008); Philosophy and the Political in Wartime Japan, 1931-1945 (2009); The Politics of Culture: Around the Work of Naoki Sakai (2010); The Frontier Within: Selected Writings of Abe Kōbō (2013); Beyond Nation: Time, Writing, and Community in the Work of Abe Kōbō (2016); a translation of Abe Kōbō's novel "Beasts Head for Home" (2017); Before Identity: The Question of Method in Japan Studies (2021); and The Coming Death: Traces of Mortality Across East Asia (2022).


Ph.D., Cornell University