Brian Steininger, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, received his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Yale University (2010) and taught at Bates College before coming to Princeton. His specialties include poetry, commentarial traditions, and the reception of Chinese textual culture in Japan, particularly the Heian period. He is currently completing a book project on the mutual interactions and respective societal roles of parallel vernacular and Chinese-style literary idioms in tenth- and eleventh-century Japan. Steininger’s research frequently takes up issues of textual transmission, paleography, and the material culture of literacy. His second project draws on manuscript colophons and marginalia to map intellectual networks in medieval Japan.