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Judit Kroo Post Doctoral Fellow

Judit Kroo is a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at Vassar College. She teaches classes on East Asian culture and Japanese. Her research focuses on how linguistic and physical embodied stylistic practices become sites of cultural production and performance. Current research projects consider the social construction of standard or desirable gendered adulthoods in Japan and Korea, alternative economic practices among younger Japanese adults and the construction of mediatized social personae. 
BA English Language and Literature, Oxford University; MSt Japanese Linguistics, Oxford University; PhD Japanese, Stanford University
  • At Vassar since 2018


  • Hours: Mon. and Wed. 1 - 2 PM (Sanders Classroom 305)
  • Box: 285

Research and Academic Interests

  • Socio-cultural Linguistics
  • Pragmatics
  • Adulthood in Japan and Korea
  • Japanese Artisan Identities
  • Japanese Fan Practice
  • Racialized Social Types in Korea

Departments and Programs


  • ASIA/CHJA 285. Embodied Forms: Reading the Material World of East Asia
  • JAPA 205. Intermediate Japanese

Selected Publications

(2018). With Yoshiko Matsumoto. The case of Japanese otona 'adult': Mediatized gender as a marketing device. Discourse and Communication, 12 (4): 401 - 423.

(2018). 'Herbivore Men' and interlocutor constructed language. Journal of Asian Pacic Communication, 28 (2): 253 - 282.

(2014). Alternative masculinities: Sooshokukei-danshi 'herbivore men' and first person pronoun usage. Journal and Proceedings of the Gender Awareness in Language Education Special Interest Group, 7: 5-29.




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Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College
Photo: Karl Rabe/Vassar College