Dr. Hitomi Yoshio, Assistant Professor of Japanese, and Dr. Maria Krol, Instructor of German and Russian, join the department as of Fall 2012. Dr. Yoshio, who holds a joint appointment in Asian Studies, specializes in 19th and 20th century Japanese literature and culture in a transnational context. Her research and teaching interests include the formation of the modern literary field in Japan; changing notions of authorship and readership; relationship between gender and writing; the role of translation and canon formation; and the constructions of genre and literary histories. She recently earned her doctoral degree at Columbia University. Dr. Krol received her doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently she held positions at Mississippi State University and the University of Miami. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss literature, aesthetics and theater as well as German and Russian language and culture.