Catherine Ryu
(517) 353-6656

B359 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and Cultures

Associate Professor

Japanese Studies Program


Ph.D., Asian Languages and Cultures (Japanese), University of Michigan

Catherine Ryu is associate professor of Japanese literature & culture and director of the Japanese Studies Program at Michigan State University. She received her PhD at the University of Michigan, and her teaching and research interests include Classical Japanese, Heian women’s narratives, Japanese culture and literature, Korean literature, Zainichi literature, game studies, translation studies, children’s literature, digital humanities, and global studies. She also holds a U.S. patent for a language learning platform and is the principal investigator of Mandarin Chinese tone perception projects and the team lead for Tone Perfect, a multimodal Mandarin Chinese audio database (, which received the 2018 Esperanto Access to Language Education Award and the 2019 Open Scholarship Award. Her recent publications include “A Bilingual Approach to a Humanities Course: Enriching Japanese Learning through Translating Flash Fiction into English,” Incorporating Foreign Language Content in Humanities Courses, edited by Priya Ananth and Leah Tolbert LyonsRoutledge, 2019, pp. 25-33; “Introduction to Chong Ch’u-wŏl’s ‘Ningo,” and “A/pple (Ningo),” English translation of Chong Ch’u-wŏl’s poem and supplementary note in Japanese, Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature & Culture, vol. 12,2019, pp. 415-426; “Hokubei ni okeru Kim Sijong,” Ekkyobunka kenkyū Inishietibu ronshū, Osaka University, vol. 3, 2020, pp. 33-36.

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University News

MSU Faculty Member Shares How Global Context and History Can Help Us Understand Other Cultures More Fully
Published May 31, 2022 in College of Arts & Letters
In this Faculty Voice, Catherine Ryu, Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture in the Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures at Michigan State…Read now »
Professor Creates Unique Teaching and Research Tool
Published August 30, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
A multimodal interactive database that includes all monosyllabic sounds in the Mandarin Chinese language is providing educators, students, and researchers with a unique resource in which to help…Read now »
Join the Beat to Celebrate East Asian
Published October 14, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
illustration of three white silhouettes on yellow circles on red background
Traditional Performance Arts at MSU Join the Beat, the MSU Asian Studies Center’s most ambitious cultural program to date, will celebrate East Asian traditional performance arts in a…Read now »
Instructor’s Song Performed by Japanese Students
Published June 30, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
close up of music sheet
Miyuki Kamiya, an Instructor in MSU’s Department of Linguistics, Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, recently worked with her former student, Tiara Harris, to compose a song…Read now »
Learning Mandarin from Birds
Published March 16, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
a women with short hair wearing glasses and a orange shirt showing her laptop
Catherine Ryu, associate professor of Japanese literature and culture, has received a patent for the technology behind her languagelearning game, Picky Birds. Scholars of the Mandarin…Read now »