Lecturer in East Asian Studies


Naemi McPherson received her Master’s degree in Japanese Pedagogy from Columbia University in 2011 and completed an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Second Language Studies at University of Hawaii at Mānoa in 2016. Before coming to Brown University in 2018, she taught Japanese at various institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Boston University, and Boston College.  In 2006 she founded the Japanese language program at Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and led its development until 2011. After an earlier interest in heritage language learning, her current research interests lie in critical pedagogy, multilingual/multi-cultural education, and language learning and identity.  She believes that teaching is learning, and continues to explore innovative curriculum design and new pedagogical approaches to improve her teaching.

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