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Asian Languages and Literatures, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures


Bruce Baird

Associate Professor
Graduate Program Advisor (Japanese)

Contact Information

Location: Herter 717
Phone: (413) 545-4992
Email: baird at
Personal website:


Courses taught

Japanese Video Games (Japanese 597K)
Manga and Anime (Japanese 197L)
Japanese Drama and Theater (Japanese 235)
Japanese Cinema (Japanese 197E)
Japanese Avant-garde Theater and Dance (Japanese 456)
Japanese Modern Philosophy (Japanese 560)


Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from University of Pennsylvania, May 2005.
M.A. in Japanese Literature from University of California at Los Angeles, 1996.
B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, 1992.


Bruce Baird received his Ph.D. in Japanese language and literature from University of Pennsylvania. Research interests include Japanese dance (Butoh), Japanese philosophy, and Japanese performance and drama. Teaching responsibilities include Japanese theater, Japanese manga and anime, Japanese video games, and Japanese film.

Research Interests

Butô, Japanese Theater and Dance, Intellectual History, Manga, Anime, Video Games