Ariel Stilerman earned his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University and has undergone training in diverse fields such as the Tea Ceremony, Clinical Psychoanalysis, and Industrial Design. His first monograph studies the role of classical verse in the transmission of culture and knowledge across social classes. His current project looks at medieval illustrated narratives, poetic contests, and encyclopedic works to explore how changes in knowledge, authority, and technology can create opportunities for the construction of new shared cultural networks in the aftermath of natural and social catastrophes. Still on hold is the first direct translation of Genji monogatari into Spanish.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Professional Education

  • PhD, Columbia University, Japanese literature (2015)
  • MA, Waseda University, Japanese literature (2012)
  • Midorikai, Urasenke Konnichian, Japanese Tea Ceremony (2007)
  • MA, SOAS, University of London, Japanese studies (2006)
  • Licenciatura, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Psychology/Psychoanalysis (2002)
  • Technical degree, ORT, Industrial Design (1996)

Research Interests

  • Higher Education
  • History of Education
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Literacy and Language
  • Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Teachers and Teaching
  • Technology and Education


  • Supeingo shin’yaku genji monogatari wo kiku - juyō hon’yaku pafōmansu, Waseda University (7/2013)

    Workshop and spoken word performance of The Tale of Genji.


    Tokyo, Japan


    • Hidenori Jinno, Professor, Japanese Literature, Waseda University
    • Ana Recalde, Actress/Performer, Independent
    • Norio Shimizu, Professor, Spanish literature, Waseda University
  • The Tea Ceremony of Japan and the Mary Griggs Burke Collection at MIA, Minneapolis Institute of Art (5/2017)

    Hands-on workshop for donors, docents, students, and staff.


    Minneapolis, MN


    • Aaron Rio, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art
    • Urasenke Minnesota, Regional Branch, Urasenke Konnichian (Kyoto)
  • First International Conference Japón Interculturas, Universidad de La Plata and Columbia University (7/2014)

    International academic conference open to scholarship in Japanese, English, Portuguese, and Spanish.


    La Plata, Buenos Aires


    • Paula Hoyos Hattori, Docente e Investigadora de Historia de Asia, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento
  • 次代の中核研究者育成プログラム, Waseda University (5/8/2019 - 5/20/2019)

    Next-generation Core Researcher Development


    Waseda University


    • Hirokazu Toeda, Professor, School of Letters, Arts and Sciences (Waseda University)
  • Material Pedagogies for East Asian Studies, Stanford University

    MPEAS (pronounced em-pēs) is a working group of scholars exploring the power of making for research and teaching on East Asia.

    We seek knowledge at the intersection of material-specific affordances, region-specific cultural practices, and discipline-specific learning goals. We then turn our findings into courses, assignments, and experiences that leverage design thinking, fabrication technology, and consumption habits.

    MPEAS is open to faculty and students at all levels. The group is run by faculty and graduate students in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and is hosted by the Product Realization Lab at Stanford University.

    We draw inspiration from sources such as historical manuscripts and technical manuals, objects in the collection of the Cantor Arts Center, and traditional techniques and skills.

    In AY23/24 our focus is on the material culture of food consumption in early modern Japan. Click here for the general schedule of activities.


    Stanford, CA

Stanford Advisees

All Publications

  • Cultural Knowledge and Professional Training in the Poetic Treatises of Late Heian Japan MONUMENTA NIPPONICA Stilerman, A. 2017; 72 (2): 153–87
  • La poesía waka como práctica social en los períodos Heian y Kamakura Nuevas aproximaciones a la literatura japonesa Stilerman, A. edited by Pitarch Fernández, P. Bellaterra. 2020: 71–90
  • La interpretación de la poesía tradicional japonesa: texto, contexto e intertexto Mirai Nihon Kenkyū Kiyō Stilerman, A. 2018; 2 (0): 153-174

    View details for DOI 10.5209/MIRA.60502

  • El archipiélago : ensayos para una historia cultural de Japón edited by Stilerman, A., Hoyos Hattori, P. Lomo. 2018
  • El estatuto del sujeto en el Japón clásico Nadie Duerma Publicación Digital de Psicoanálisis Stilerman, A. 2014; 4 (October)