search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - Christopher Bolton

DF (1995)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
Bolton (changed from BOLTON)
Williams College
Associate Professor of Comparative and Japanese Literature
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
85 Mission Park Dr.
Address 2 (optional)
Zip Code
United States
(413) 597-2513
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1. Are you enaged in Japanese Studies?

Answer: A. Yes, I am engaged in Japanese Studies at a university or research institution.

Field of Study: Literature

2. Please describe what you are currently doing. (If you have your own website or any relevant site, provide its URL.)

Answer: I am an associate professor in the comparative literature program at Williams College, where I teach Japanese literature and comparative literature. More detailed information is available on my web site at

3. Where did you acquire your most advanced Japanese language training for your research?

Answer: B. I learned it at a special language training school. (The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies)

4. Have you ever participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme?

Answer: NO

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 1998
Field: Literature
University: Stanford University

Optional Inquiry:
1. Please describe briefly how the Japan Foundation Fellowship experience influenced your career.

Answer: The Japan Foundation Fellowship provided key support for me during my dissertation research. (I finished my Ph.D. soon after the conclusion of the fellowship, and have been teaching since then. I eventually published my dissertation in 2009.) The opportunities the fellowship provided were pivotal for the development of my career. That time in Japan allowed me to develop relationships with Japanese scholars that I maintain today; it helped me better understand the Japanese critical background on my topic; and it induced me to publish in Japanese, as well as English. My experience with the Japan Foundation also encouraged me to submit a staff expansion grant proposal to the foundation when I worked at the University of California Riverside.

2. The Japan Foundation is planning to create a network or forum among past Japan Foundation fellows. Please let us know if you have any suggestions in terms of themes, format, etc.