Richard F. Calichman is Professor of Japan Studies at the City College of New York, CUNY. He teaches courses in Japanese film, literature, and language. His publications include Takeuchi Yoshimi: Displacing the West (2004), What Is Modernity? Writings of Takeuchi Yoshimi (2005), Contemporary Japanese Thought (2005), Overcoming Modernity: Cultural Identity in Wartime Japan (2008), The Politics of Culture: Around the Work of Naoki Sakai (2010), The Frontier Within: Writings of Abe Kobo (2013), Abe Kobo: Time, Writing, Community (2016), a translation of Abe Kobo's novel Beasts Head for Home, and his most recent work, Before Identity: The Question of Method in Japan Studies (2021).
He received his BA in English from Colby College in 1988 and his PhD in 2001 from Cornell University.