Aaron Gerow, Director of Graduate Studies
Aaron Gerow is Professor in East Asian film and media, with a joint appointment between Film and Media Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures. He teaches undergraduate courses in Japanese and East Asian film, Japanese literature, world animation, film genre, and Japanese popular culture; and graduate courses in Japanese film theory, historiography, television, and cultural and media theory. He has published widely on a variety of topics in East Asian cinema and popular culture. His publications include Visions of Japanese Modernity: Articulations of Cinema, Nation, and Spectatorship, 1895-1925 (University of California Press), A Page of Madness: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Japan (Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan), and Kitano Takeshi (British Film Institute). He also co-authored the Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies with Abe Mark Nornes (Center for Japanese Studies), which came out in Japanese translation in 2016. Before coming to Yale in 2004, he spent nearly 12 years in Japan, where he was an associate professor at Yokohama National University, in addition to teaching at Meiji Gakuin University and working for a time as a coordinator at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. He is currently writing about the history of Japanese film theory and about Japanese cinema of the 1990s.
Japanese film and media; East Asian film and media; history of film theory; animation; Japanese modern literature; early cinema; television; censorship
Columbia University A.D. 1985
Columbia University M.F.A 1987
University of Iowa M.A. 1992
University of Iowa Ph.D. 1996