B.A., Soka University of America; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Green Hall 328A
Koichi HagimotoAssociate 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. Through literary and historical analyses, I argue that Martí and Rizal construct the conceptual framework for what I call an “intercolonial alliance” against both Spain and the United States 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 have edited a volume, Trans-Pacific Encounters: Asia and the Hispanic World (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016), which includes essays examining the multidimensional nature of the historical and cultural intersection between some Asian countries and the Hispanic world. My articles have appeared in such peer-reviewed journals as Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana (forthcoming), Revista Asia América Latina, Chasqui, Transmodernity, Hispania, and Latin American Literary Review, among others. I am currently working on a book-length project on literary and cultural relations between Argentina and Japan. I am also co-editing (with Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger and Kim Beauchesne) a special number for Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana on the influence of Asia in Latin American literature.
For me, research is inseparable from teaching. I take enormous pleasure in teaching all courses related to Spanish language as well as Latin American literature and culture. At Wellesley, I teach Elementary Spanish, Introduction to Hispanic Studies, Literary Genres of Spain and Latin America, Caribbean Literature and Culture, Making of Modern Latin America, Nineteenth-Century Latin America, and upper-level seminars on Cuba and on Asia in Latin America. I also direct the Wintersession program in Cuba. In 2012, I was awarded the Anna and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize.
I have served on multiple committees on campus, including the Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events, Slater International Board, the Ruhlman and Tanner Conference Committees, the Committee on Minority Recruitment, Hiring and Retention, the Advisory Board on the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, the Executive Board for Latin American Studies Program, as well as the Committee on Curriculum & Academic Policy.
When I am not working, I enjoy played soccer, practicing Buddhism, listening to podcasts, and traveling with my family.