Junko Saito, Ph.D.
Japanese Major Advisor
Coordinator of Japanese and Critical Languages Program
Areas of Expertise
Assistant Professor Saito's expertise includes Japanese sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and pragmatics.
Assistant Professor Saito teaches all levels of Japanese language, as well as Japanese Communication and Culture I and II in the undergraduate program.
Assistant Professor Saito's research interests are workplace discourse, language and gender, and identity construction. In particular, she has explored Japanese men's linguistic practices in superior-subordinate interactions in a workplace. She is also interested in politeness in relation to the use or non-use of honorifics in Japanese.
She has been working for a project funded by the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (JSPS) and conducting research on identity construction and language use in Japanese workplaces.