Bruce Suttmeier joined the Lewis & Clark faculty in 2001 after receiving his doctorate in Asian Languages (Japanese Literature) from Stanford University. His early research examined war memory and trauma in the fiction of 1960s Japan. More recently, his work studied Tokyo in its frenetic preparations for the 1964 Olympic Games. His current research explores the literature of ‘counterfactual history,’ particularly alternative narratives of World War II and the postwar era. He teaches courses in Japanese language, literature, and civilization, as well as a first-year course on travel and travel writing. His most recent literature class explored a thousand years of Japanese fiction and film through the lens of ghosts and monsters, beginning in the 10th century Heian court, through the medieval and early-modern period, and ending in the early 21st century world of popular culture. In Fall 2018, he is teaching an advanced Japanese language (JAPN 498).
He joined the Dean’s Office in 2015 as Associate Dean for Faculty Development, where he managed faculty searches, faculty orientation and mentoring, developmental and tenure/promotion reviews, and faculty development programs. He is currently the Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, overseeing all academic programs, as well as the library, the advising center and about a dozen other offices across campus.