Nathaniel Heneghan ’00

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese

Areas of Study


  • PhD, University of Southern California, 2015
  • BA, Oberlin College, 2000


Nathaniel Heneghan’s research encompasses cinema studies, gender, and transnational and postcolonial theory, focusing specifically on the Korean minority in Japan (also known as “Zainichi”).

His courses include Breaking the Waves: The Japanese and French New Wave Cinemas and their Legacy, which analyzes film from the two contemporaneous movements, and  Irreducible Distance: Japan-Korea Relations Through Literature and Visual Media, which spans literary and cinematic works from the colonial period to present.

He is currently at work on a manuscript project that considers the changing representation of Zainichi Korean identity in postwar literature and film.