Brian Locke 助教


My research focuses on Hollywood film, race, Asian American literature and history, Japanese American literature and history, and gender. I have taught at the University of Colorado, University of Illinois, University of Tokyo, University of Utah, and Yale University. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, USA. Via the maternal side of my family, I am nikkei yonsei. I hail from a long line of Ehime-ken orange farmers. My great grandmother was a picture bride who left Shikoku for her new home in America in 1919. My hobbies are soccer and yoga. I like dogs. Three of my favorite movies are: Seven Samurai (dir. Akira Kurosawa, 1954), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (dir. Richard Brooks, 1958), and The Hustler (dir. Robert Rossen, 1961). All of these wrestle with the themes of honesty, courage, identity, and kindness. I am honored to work for Sophia University and the English Literature department. I have met many excellent students and professors here, which makes me feel good about my decision to make Japan my new home.

学歴    Education

PhD and MA, American Civilization, Brown University.

Master of Public Administration, Graduate School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.

BA, Philosophy, Whitman College.

専門分野    Areas of Specialization

  • Film Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Hollywood, race, Asian American literature and history, and masculinity.

担当科目について  Courses Taught

Discussion and Presentation, Writing Workshop, Advanced Academic English, CLIL Based Seminar, Lectures in Film, Race, and Gender.

主要業績  Selected Academic Publications


Racial Stigma on the Hollywood Screen: The Orientalist Buddy Film. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 (208 pages); Paperback edition, 2012 (210 pages).
Reviewed in American Quarterly (Johns Hopkins University Press) 2012 and Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Association of College and Research Libraries) 2010.

“Here Comes the Judge: The Dancing Itos and the Televisual Construction of the Enemy Asian Male.” Living Color: Race and Television in the United States. Ed. Sasha Torres. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998. 239-53.
Reviewed in Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television (Taylor & Francis), 1999; Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Association of College and Research Libraries), 1999; Journal of Communication (Wiley), 1999; Discourse Studies (Sage Publications), 2000.
Reprinted in Gender, Race, and Class in Media: A Text–Reader. Eds. Gail Dines and Jean M. Humez. 2nd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003. 651-5.
Reviewed in Journal of Communication (Wiley) 2005.


“‘The White Man’s Bruce Lee’: Race and the Construction of White Masculinity in David Fincher’s Fight Club.” Journal of Asian American Studies (Johns Hopkins University). 17.1 (Feb. 2014): 61-89.

“White and ‘Black’ versus Yellow: The Politics of Racial Metaphor in Blade Runner.” Arizona Quarterly(University of Arizona). 65.4 (Winter 2009): 113-38.

“Strange Fruit: White, Black, and Asian in the WWII Combat Film Bataan.” Journal of Popular Film and Television (Taylor & Francis). 36.1 (Spring 2008): 9-20.

“‘Top Dog,’ ‘Black Threat,’ and ‘Japanese Cats’: The Impact of the White-Black Binary on Asian American Identity.” Radical Philosophy Review (Radical Philosophy Association). 1.2 (1998): 98-125.


2003–2004, Year-long Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Asian American Studies Dept., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

1998–1999, Graduate Research Fellow, Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Brown University.

1997, Graduate Student Fellowship, Humanities Research Institute: The Futures of American Studies, Dartmouth College.

1996, Annette K. Baxter Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Paper, National Meeting, American Studies Association.


2014, Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory(University of Arizona)

2013, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies(National Communication Association)


American Studies Association

Association for Asian American Studies

Japanese Association of American Studies

Modern Language Association

Society for Cinema and Media Studies

[Much of my academic writing can be found on my web page.]