Professor Susan Napier received all her degrees from Harvard University and is currently Professor of Japanese Studies at Tufts University. Initially a specialist in modern Japanese literature, she began to develop an interest in manga and anime in the late 1990's and published the first major English language scholarly book on anime in 2001. She has continued to work on anime and manga since that time and her other interests include fantasy and science fiction and gender and the body. She is currently working on a book about the famous Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki.

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