Hikari Hori received her Ph. D. in gender studies and Japanese visual cultural studies from Gakushuin University, Tokyo, in 2004. She has worked as a research associate at the National Film Center, Tokyo, and also as a film program coordinator at the Japan Society, New York.
Her current research interests include the representation of gender and sexuality in Japanese film and manga; the representation of the Emperor in modern Japanese visual culture; and a history of women’s activism in modern Japan. Her recent publications include: “Tezuka, Shojo manga, and Hagio Moto,” Mechademia Vol.8 (forthcoming); “Views from Elsewhere: Female Shoguns in Yoshinaga Fumi’s Ôoku and Their Precursors in Japanese Popular Culture,” Japanese Studies 32:1 (2012); “Aging, Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Popular Culture: Female Pornographer Sachi Hamano and Her Rebellious Film “Lily Festival” (Yurisai), ” in Matsumoto, ed. Faces of Aging (Stanford University Press, 2011); “Oshima Nagisa’s ‘Ai no korida’ Reconsidered: Law, Gender, and Sexually Explicit Film in Japanese Cinema,” in Creekmur and Sidel, eds., Cinema, Law and the State in Asia (Palgrave, 2007).