Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
Asian Languages & Cultures PhD, 2013
Timothy Unverzagt Goddard teaches Japanese literature, film, and cultural history. He received his A.B. in East Asian Studies from Harvard College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of California, Los Angeles. As a scholar, he employs a multilingual and interdisciplinary methodology in his comparative research on the literature of Japanese empire. His research interests include modernism, colonialism, urban space, and visual culture.
From 2010 to 2011, he was a Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature and Culture at the University of Tokyo. Prior to his arrival at HKU, he was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. He also served as the Asia Research Coordinator for the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, an interdisciplinary group that brings together faculty members and graduate students in such diverse fields as architecture, urban planning, history, philosophy, and anthropology to pursue collaborative research on the city.
He is currently at work on a book manuscript based on his Ph.D. dissertation, “Teito Tokyo: Empire, Modernity, and the Metropolitan Imagination,” exploring literary, visual, and architectural representations of Tokyo as an imperial capital.