Fumiko Nazikian received her Ph.D. in Japanese Linguistics from the University of Sydney, Australia. She joined Columbia University in 2004 as the director of the Japanese language program. She has taught all levels of Japanese from elementary to fourth year Japanese. She also teaches at the Columbia Summer M.A. program in Japanese Pedagogy.
Prior to arriving at Columbia, she was a senior lecturer at Princeton University where she taught for 16 years. She has also taught at the Australian National University, the University of Sydney, and the University of New South Wales. Her research interest is in linguistic pragmatics focusing on topics such as discourse analysis and exploring links between linguistics and language pedagogy.
Among her recent publications are “The Role of Style-Shifting in the Functions and Purposes of Storytelling: Detective Stories in Anime” (Georgetown University Press, forthcoming); “Bringing learners’ perspectives into assessments: Self and peer Assessments in a Blog project” (Special Issue of Japanese Language and Literature: Japanese Pedagogy, the Association of Teachers of Japanese, 2008, co-author with M. Fukai & S. Shinji); “Danwa ni okeru jootai no kinoo nitsuite.” [On discourse functions of da detached style in Japanese] (Kuroshio Press, 2007); “Developing Learners’ Communication Skills through Story-Writing in Japanese Language Teaching” (Princeton University, 2007, co-author with Jisuk Park); Genkokyoiku no Shintenkai [New Perspectives on Language Teaching] (Hitsuji-shobo, 2005, co-edited with O. Kamada, M. Tsutsui, Y. Hatasa and M. Oka). She is currently working on an intermediate textbook, Hiyaku with M. Nittono, S. Eguchi, K. Okamoto & J. Park. The book will be published by Routledge Press in 2011. She has acted as a reviewer of the AP Japanese Language and Culture Course and served as a committee member for the Japanese SAT. She was elected to the Board of the Association of Teachers of Japanese (ATJ) in 2008.