Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College
Hoyt Long’s research and teaching interests include modern Japanese literature, regional and subnational literatures, publishing history, environmental history and criticism, media theory, and digital humanities. His first book, On Uneven Ground: Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan (2011), examines the ways in which artistic and literary activity intersected with ideas about place and locality in Japan’s prewar period. He is currently working on a project that considers postal technologies of late-19th- and early-20th-century Japan as forms of “new media.” He is focusing on the ways these technologies impacted practices of writing—literary or otherwise—and how they may or may not have altered established patterns and ideas of social association and communication.
Long has received fellowships and funding from the Japan Foundation (2010), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2004–05), and the Institute of International Education Fulbright Award (2003–04), among others. He also received the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Michigan in 2008.
He earned his PhD in Japanese literature from the University of Michigan and a BA in Japanese, with a minor in computer and information science, from the University of Oregon. In addition, he studied Japanese at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama.
Long joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.