About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in English Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where I specialize in children’s literature and culture, with interests in Asian diaspora studies, affect theory, aesthetic theory, critical race theory, and visual and material culture. My dissertation brings these interests together to explore the transnational circulation of racial affects by way of children’s books and toys that traveled across Japan, England, and America beginning at the fin de siècle. I also hold an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University and write short stories, essays, and hybrid pieces. You can contact me at or @ericakanesaka.