Assistant Professor of Japanese and Japanese Program Coordinator
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Willard-DiLoreto Hall

Matthew Chudnow is an Assistant Professor of Japanese and the Japanese Program Coordinator at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU), where he teaches courses on Japanese language, cultural history, and socio-religious topics. He has also worked in the government sector at the Japan Information Culture Center (JICC), Embassy of Japan, Washington DC. His professional service involves coordinating study tours of the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston for CCSU Japanese Program (Oct. 2022, tentative Oct. 2024). Prof. Chudnow is also an official JET Program interviewer for Northeast Regional finalists (2023, 2024). Finally, he is a recipient of a Kakehashi Project grant from the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and assisted in guiding seven CCSU Japanese Minors on a fully funded Japan study trip to Tokyo and Matsuyama City, Ehime prefecture from March 7-15, 2024. His current research focuses on interdisciplinary analysis of female soteriology in Muromachi period Noh theater. He also works on the history and development of traditional Japanese martial arts, especially their religious, political, and intercultural aspects.

PhD, East Asian Languages and Literatures
University of California, Irvine
MA, East Asian Langauges and Literatures
The Ohio State University
BA, Japanese Studies
Connecticut College
Areas of Expertise
  • Noh theater and traditional Japanese performance traditions.
  • Japanese cultural history (classical, medieval, and modern).
  • Classical and medieval Japanese literature.
  • Japanese martial arts in socio-political and religious context.
  • Buddhism, shamanism, and ritual in Japan and East Asia.
  • Topics and problems related to Japanese colonialism and militarism.
  • Gender studies in premodern and modern Japan and East Asia.
  • Japanese language pedagogy (contemporary and classical).
  • Japanese sacred art.
Publications, Research & Presentations

“The Dynamics of Nyōnin jōbutsu in Zenchiku’s Yōkihi: Honzetsu, Poetic Allusion, and Sacred Space.” in Carolina Negri, ed. Images from the Past: Intertextuality in Japanese Premodern Literature, Ca’ Foscari University Press, Venice: 2022.

Awards & Grants

Kakehashi Project Recipient (Central Connecticut State University), Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), 2024.

Central Connecticut State University Academic Enrichment Grant, 2022.

Fulbright Graduate Research Fellow Scholarship plus Fulbright 3-Month Extension, Project: “Soteriology in the Female Spirit Noh of Konparu Zenchiku,” Nogami Memorial Noh Theater Institute, Hōsei University, Japan. September 1, 2013-November 28, 2014.

Memberships & Affiliations

American Academy of Religion (AAR).
American Association of Teachers of Japanese (AATJ).
Association of Asian Studies (AAS).

Courses Taught

Japanese Language
Japanese 111: Elementary Japanese I (2 sections, Fall).
Japanese 112: Elementary Japanese II (Spring).
Japanese 125: Intermediate Japanese I (Fall).
Japanese 126: Intermediate Japanese II (Spring).
Japanese 225: Intermediate Japanese III (Fall).
Japanese 226: Intermediate Japanese IV (Spring).

Humanities 100-01: East Asian Humanities (Spring).
Humanities 100-04: Japan in the World (Fall).
Humanities/International Studies 230-02: Development of Japanese Martial Arts (Spring).

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