Claire Kaup's major field of interest is the intersectionality of law and postwar Japanese literature, with particular focus on war responsibility and the "performance" of guilt and innocence in the novel. Implicit in this research is the question of how shifting notions of legality and "justice" affect literary works produced by individuals who carried out terrible (potentially legally actionable) acts during the war. Claire's interests also include queer theory and the legal regulation of sexuality and gender identity in modern Japan.
Claire graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a J.D. and M.A. in Japanese Studies, and authored a thesis titled "Lost in Transition: Legal and Social Emergence of the Japanese Trans Community." Outside of her academic pursuits, Claire enjoys musical theatre, finding new ramen restaurants, and talking about her dachshunds at length to unsuspecting colleagues and friends.