Bruce Suttmeier joined the Lewis & Clark faculty in 2001 after receiving his doctorate in Asian Languages (Japanese Literature) from Stanford University. His early research examined war memory and trauma in the fiction of 1960s Japan. More recently, his work studies Tokyo in its frenetic preparations for the 1964 Olympic Games. He hopes to expand this research to encompass Tokyo’s current, newly frenetic, preparations for the 2020 Olympiad. He teaches courses in Japanese language, literature, and civilization, as well as a first-year course on travel and travel writing. His current literature class explores a thousand years of Japanese fiction and film through the lens of ghosts and monsters, beginning in the 10th century Heian court, through the medieval and early-modern period, and ending in the early 21st century world of popular culture.
He joined the Dean’s Office in 2015 as Associate Dean for Faculty Development, where he manages faculty searches, faculty orientation and mentoring, developmental and tenure/promotion reviews, and faculty development programs.