Kerim Yasar holds a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and a B.A. in Music from Wesleyan University. His book manuscript, Electrified Voices: Auditory Technology and Culture in Prewar Japan examines the roles played by the telegraph, telephone, phonograph, radio, and sound film in the discursive, aesthetic, and ideological practices of Japan from 1868 to 1945. He has won numerous fellowships over his graduate career, including the Fulbright, Weatherhead, Orient Finance, and Japanese Ministry of Education (Monbusho) Research Scholarship. He has published translations from Japanese in a variety of genres and media, from contemporary Japanese novels to selections from pre-modern verse anthologies to subtitles for over seventy Japanese films in the Criterion Collection and Janus Film libraries. Yasar has also gained broad and deep teaching experience in Japanese Studies. He was Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese at Boston University from 2008-9, where he taught courses entitled "Sound Worlds in Japanese Popular Culture," "Masterpieces of Classical Japanese Literature," "Literature of the Fantastic in Modern Japan," and "Representations of the Family in Japanese Cinema." At Princeton he has been part of the faculty team teaching the year-long interdisciplinary sequence "East Asian Humanities,” and during the Spring 2012 semester will be teaching a course on the linguistic and literary features of cinematic screenplays.