Catherine Ryu is associate professor of Japanese Language & Culture and director of the Japanese Studies Program at Michigan State University. She received her PhD at the University of Michigan, and her teaching and research interests include Classical Japanese, Heian women’s narratives, Japanese culture and literature, Korean literature, Zainichi literature, game studies, translation studies, children’s literature, digital humanities, and global studies. She also holds a U.S. patent for a language learning platform and is the principal investigator of Mandarin Chinese tone perception projects and the team lead for Tone Perfect, a multimodal Mandarin Chinese audio database (, which received the 2018 Esperanto Access to Language Education Award and the 2019 Open Scholarship Award. She is also the concept designer and producer of Picky Birds, a Mandarin tone perception app game (2015-19).

Her recent publications include “A Bilingual Approach to a Humanities Course: Enriching Japanese Learning through Translating Flash Fiction into English,” Incorporating Foreign Language Content in Humanities Courses, edited by Priya Ananth and Leah Tolbert Lyons, Routledge, 2019, pp. 25-33; “Introduction to Chong Ch’u-wŏl‘s ‘Ningo,” and “A/pple (Ningo),” English translation of Chong Ch’u-wŏl‘s poem and supplementary note in Japanese, Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture, vol. 12, 2019, pp. 415-426; “Hokubei ni okeru Kim Sijong,” Ekkyobunka kenkyū Inishietibu ronshū, Osaka University, vol. 3, 2020, pp. 33-36.