Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies
Dr. Jon Pitt situates his research within the emerging field of the environmental humanities. His work explores the intersections of Japanese literature, visual/sound media, ecology, and environmental philosophy. His current book project focuses on the entanglements of plant life and botanical science with human subjectivity in modern Japanese literature and film.
Pitt earned his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Eastern classics from St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and his B.A. in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Pitt has also undertaken a Japan Foundation sponsored research fellowship at Waseda University in Tokyo.
Fun fact: Jon is an avid music collector, and looks forward to exploring the record shops of Southern California.