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B.A., Soka University of America; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Green Hall 328A
Koichi Hagimoto
Associate Professor of Spanish

Specialized in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature and culture; also interested in trans-pacific studies.

My first book, Between Empires: Martí, Rizal and the Intercolonial Alliance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), compares the anti-imperial literature and history of Cuba and the Philippines in the late nineteenth century.  This study focuses on the writings of José Martí and José Rizal, the most prominent nationalist authors of the two contexts.  In 1898, both countries achieved their “independence” from Spain, although they were immediately converted into targets of U.S. expansionism.  Caught between the two empires, Cubans and Filipinos shared similar colonial experiences as well as anti-imperial struggles.  Through literary and historical analyses, I argue that Martí and Rizal construct the conceptual framework for an “intercolonial alliance” at the turn of the century. 

My research interests are centered on trans-pacific studies, through which I explore diverse aspects of the relationship between Asia and Latin America.  I am actively involved in scholarly conferences in the United States as well as in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.  My articles have appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Chasqui (forthcoming), Transmodernity, Hispania, Latin American Literary Review, and Hipertexto, among others.  In April of 2014, I co-organized the 6th International Conference on Orientalism and the Asian and Arab Presence in the Hispanic and Lusophone World, which was held at Waseda University in Tokyo.  I am currently editing a volume based on selected papers from the conference.  In addition, I am also working on a new book project about literary and cultural relations between Argentina and Japan from the nineteenth century to the present. 

For me, research is inseparable from teaching. I take enormous pleasure in teaching courses related to Spanish language as well as Latin American literature and culture.  At Wellesley, I teach courses on Elementary and Intermediate Spanish, Literary Genres of Spain and Latin America, Caribbean Literature and Culture, the Making of Modern Latin American Culture, and a seminar on Asia in Latin America: Literary and Cultural Connections.  In 2012, I was awarded the Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize (the citation can be read here).

I have served for multiple committees on campus, including Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events, Slater International Board, Ruhlman Conference Committee, Tanner Conference Committee, and Advisory Committee on Minority Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention.  I am currently serving as a campus co-coordinator of PRESHCO (Programa de Estudios Hispánicos en Córdoba).