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Judit Kroo

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Asst Professor, Modern Japanese Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0202

Judit Kroo's research analyzes linguistic and embodied practices as sites of micropolitics that are implicated in the construction of new socio-political spatialities, including digital spatialities. Her current research project investigates the lifeways of younger Japanese and Korean adults who engage in alternative forms of environmentally informed economic participation linked to notions of artisanship or craft in urban centers. Attending closely to these younger artisans’ stylistic practice, this project probes the possibilities and limitations of ‘apolitical politics’ as a model for socioeconomic resistance and ecological action.

She has also published and is currently working on projects in media and gender studies that contribute to ongoing debates concerning the relationship between social media, popular culture, spatiality, and linguistic style.


Ph.D. Japanese, Stanford 2017

Research Interests: 

Alternative Economies in Japan and Korea, Apolitical Politics Among Younger Japanese Adults, New Media, Popular Culture, Japan, Korea


Journal Articles

  • (Forthcoming, 2021). Discourse (Re)-framing: Indirect resistance to becoming a shakaijin `fully socialized adult' in contemporary Japan. Language, Culture and Society.
  • (Forthcoming, 2021). Negotiating identities: First person pronominal use between Japanese university students. Pragmatics and Society.
  • (2020). K-Pop idols in Japan: The translation of Korean masculinities in music video. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture 6(1), 27-43. DOI: 10.1386_0013_1
  • (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 Pacific Communication 28(2), 253 - 282. 
  • (2015). Analyzing the force of pragmatic particles in actual use. Proceedings of the 17th Conference of the Pragmatics Society of Japan, 9.
  • (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. 

Books and Book Chapters

  • (Forthcoming, 2020). As Co-Editor w. Kyoko Satoh, Linguistic Tactics and Strategies of Marginalization in Japanese. Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • (Forthcoming). As Contributor with Yoshiko Matsumoto. From the peripheries of adulthood: Deconstructing culturally-expected identities of age categories. John Benjamins


  • (2020). The inherent stylistic grammar of manga [Koyuu no hyoogen bunpoo]. Author: Natsume, Fusanosuke. In Toku, Masami and Dollase, Hiromi (Eds.)  MANGA!: Visual Pop-Culture in ARTS Education.

Manuscripts Under Review and In Prep 

  • Affective contextualization: Narratives of digital life among contemporary Japanese university students. 
  • Remaking ‘ordinary’: younger Japanese adults’ use of futsuu ni ‘ordinarily’. 
  • Bivalent Japanese modernities: Feminine linguistic styles of late-bubble trendy dramas.
  • Ya sekki ‘Hey dude!’: affective stance and the mediatized use of Korean second person address markers.
Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
JPN 115Japanese Popular Culture
JPN 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SLC 421Japanese Lit in Translation
JPN 493Honors Thesis
SLC 598Special Topics
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
JPN 115Japanese Popular Culture
JPN 493Honors Thesis
SLC 494Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
JPN 309Japanese Oral Communication I
SLC 421Japanese Lit in Translation