Assistant Professor

Junko Saito, Ph.D.

Japanese Linguistics

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.

Teaching Interests

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.

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Professional Affiliations