Winni Ni

Winni Ni

Specialization: Japanese Literature, Gender Studies

Office: HSSB 2219

Office Hours: F 2 pm - 3 pm
Office Hours Time Period: Winter 2018


I study gender and narrative in modern Japanese literature. I am interested in how literature offers a site for authors to negotiate the so-called “womanliness.” I am currently studying how Meiji Japanese female writers utilized the fiction to acknowledge and highlight the plurality of their individual experiences.

Academic History

  • B.A. in Japanese Literature, Smith College


Teaching Experience

  • 2018 Spring: Teaching assistant for First-year Japanese
  • 2018 Winter: Teaching assistant for Japan in Cinema
  • 2017 Fall: Teaching assistant for First-year Japanese
  • 2017 Winter: Reader for Religiosities in Modern China; Reader for Modern Japanese literature.
  • 2015-2016: Taught English literature in a Chinese international high school. Designed a course to explore the theme of “first love” in literature. Selections included Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Turgenev’s short story “First Love,” and Higuchi Ichiyō’s short story “Takekurabe.” All readings were in English.


  • 2018 Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace
  • 2016-2017 UCSB Regents Fellowship
  • 2015 Ettie Chin Hong’36 Prize Competition for outstanding graduates; Smith College
  • 2015 Ochanomizu University (御茶ノ水大学) 3.11 East-Japan Earthquake Global Forum Travel Grant
  • 2015 Smith College International Experience Travel Award
  • 2013 First Prize in the New England Japanese Speech Contest

Conference Presentations

  • “Efficient Communication and Cooperation Between Japanese and Oversea NGOs During Traumatic Natural Disasters, ” 3.11 Tokyo Global Forum, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan, March 2015.
  • “Lost and Found in Translation: Creating and Representing Cultural Equivalences in Translation” Smith College, April 2014& April 2015.