Aaron Gerow, a connoisseur of Japanese and East Asian cinema and literature who changed the scientific and popular understanding of Japanese media, was appointed Alfred W. Griswold Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, and Film and Media Studies, effective immediately.
He is a member of the Philosophical Faculty in the Faculty of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Film and Media Studies course.
Gerow joined Yale faculty in 2003 after holding a faculty position at Yokohama National University while teaching at Meiji Gakuin University. He is a theorist and cinema critic and was a film critic for The Daily Yomiuri for over a decade. active, one of the most important English language newspapers in Japan. He is the author of four books, all of which are being revised and translated into Japanese or are in the process of being revised. “Kitano Takeshi” (2007) is a seminal volume about the impact of Kitano’s films in Japan and beyond. A Page of Madness (2008) reshapes and reinvents the legacy of canonical Japanese silent film. His “Research Guide to Japanese Film Studies” (2009) (with Abe Mark Nornes) is a field-defining work and an indispensable tool for scholars of Japanese film. Finally, “Visions of Japanese Modernity” (2010) is an ambitious study of film and film criticism in the first three decades of Japanese cinema.
In addition to these volumes, Gerow has co-edited more than a dozen volumes of journals, anthologies and exhibition catalogs, written dozens of scientific articles and contributed to documentaries. He has contributed commentary and subtitles to numerous film publications and manages the Kinema Club and KineJapan, online portals devoted to Japanese film studies. His impact is broad: His lecturing activities have taken him to Hokkaido University, the University of Vienna, Ewha University, the University of Melbourne, Harvard and other institutions as well as to film festivals around the world. For this work Gerow received grants from the University of Melbourne, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Japan Foundation and other organizations. In short, Gerow is one of the most prolific and influential scholars of Japanese film today.
At Yale, Gerow teaches undergraduate courses in Japanese and East Asian cinema, world animation, film genre, Japanese literature, introduction to film and detailed analysis of film, and graduate seminars on Japanese film theory and historiography, television and cultural theory. He currently heads the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, a position he fulfills with distinction. He also coordinates the innovative combined Ph.D. in East Asian languages and literatures and film and media studies. He actively serves the profession and the university, organizing symposiums and events at Yale that reinforce the university’s strength as a home for film and Japanese culture studies.
He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia, as well as masters and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.