search/admin/spider_custom.php search/search.php fellowship_survey/survey.php Fellow Follow-up Survey Details - David GUNDRY

DF (2006)

Fellow Information:
First Name
Middle Name
Last Name
University of California, Davis
Assistant Professor
Contact Address:
Address Type
Address 1
3121 Woods Circle
Address 2 (optional)
Zip Code
United States
*Survey URL
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 teaching Japanese literature, film and language courses at a public research university and preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication.

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: YES

5. Have you earned a doctoral degree?

Answer: YES
Year: 2009
Field: Literature
University: Stanford University

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

Answer: A dissertation research fellowship from the Japan Foundation funded the first of my three years of study with Dr. Taniwaki Masachika at Waseda University, where I gained knowledge and made professional connections that were vital to the completion of my dissertation project and which helped me, I believe, attain a temporary position at Harvard upon completing my Ph.D. and subsequently a tenure-track position at UC Davis. The research seminars I attended at the Japan Foundation offices in Tokyo also proved an invaluable forum for exchanging ideas and making professional connections. Furthermore, I made full use of the Japan Foundation library in Tokyo while writing my dissertation.

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.

Answer: Please pardon the effrontery of making such a self-serving suggestion, but if you were to organize social and/or scholarly get-togethers in San Francisco (perhaps at the lovely residence of the Japanese consul in Pacific Heights) I believe they would be amply attended by past fellows and by Japan scholars in general from the many universities in the area with sizable programs in Japanese Studies (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Stanford, etc.). I imagine that the same could be said of the scholarly communities within day-trip distance of most of your consulates in the U.S. and Canada.