Portrait of Mariko Takano
  • 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.