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 Transpacific Studies, through which I explore diverse aspects of the unexplored 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. More recently, I have co-edited (with Ineke Phaf-Rheinberger and Kim Beauchesne) a special number for Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana (2018) on the influence of Asia in Latin American literature. My articles have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana, Revista Asia/América Latina, Chasqui, Transmodernity, Hispania, and Latin American Literary Review, among others. Currently I am working on my second book, tentatively entitled Samurai in the Land of the Gaucho: Representations of Japan in Argentinean Literature and Film. This study explores how diverse literary and cultural approaches to Japan have shaped modernity in Argentine society since the nineteenth century to the present.
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 and Intermediate Spanish, Introduction to Hispanic Studies, Introduction to Latin American Studies (in English), Hispanic Caribbean Literature and Culture, Making of Modern Latin American Culture, Nineteenth-Century Latin America, and upper-level seminars on Cuba and on Asia in Latin America. I have also directed the Wintersession program in Cuba. I was awarded the Ana and Samuel Pinanski Teaching Prize in 2012 and the Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019. In 2021, I was featured in the “Member Spotlight” page of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.
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, the Committee on Curriculum & Academic Policy and the Advisory Committee on Academic Staffing.
When I am not working, I enjoy running, playing soccer, practicing Buddhism, and traveling with my family.