Dr. Aalgaard is a scholar, teacher, and translator of modern and contemporary Japanese cultural production, and is currently Assistant Professor in the College of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Wesleyan University. He holds an MA degree from the University of Victoria, and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago. Dr. Aalgaard’s publications include translations of modern Japanese authors and philosophers, reviews of academic monographs dealing with music and politics in modern Japan, and book chapters dealing with Japanese social history in the aftermaths of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns of March 11, 2011. A native of Campbell River, British Columbia, Dr. Aalgaard is a former exchange student himself, and has been engaged with international education since traveling to Japan on a sister city exchange program in 1989. From 2005 to 2009, he was the Director of Long Term programs for Global Partners Institute, overseeing both our Canada-based exchange programs for inbound students, and our scholarship exchange program, which sends Canadian students outbound to Japan.
Dr. Aalgaard is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, and the J. A. Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.