- Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese
- MA, Waseda University in Tokyo, 2011
- PhD, modern Japanese literature and culture, University of California Los Angeles, 2020
Mariko Takano received an MA from Waseda University in Tokyo, and a doctorate in modern Japanese Literature and Culture from the University of California Los Angeles. Her dissertation and continuing research focuses on the intersection of literary and art criticism in 20th-century Japan as it relates to the wider global context.
Takano is particularly interested in the histories and critique of the avant-garde movement and the discourse of form and object in Japan.
At Oberlin College, she teaches intermediate and advanced Japanese, postwar Japanese literature, and film and labor in Japanese literature.