Takeshi Watanabe received his B.A. in 1997, and his Ph.D. in 2005 in pre-modern Japanese literature from Yale University. He has taught as Visiting Assistant Professor at Connecticut College from 2007-2014, and at Wesleyan University from 2012-2014. Currently, Watanabe is Assistant Professor at the College of East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University.
In 2009, he also assisted at the Yale University Art Gallery in preparation for an exhibition on the tea culture of Japan. Watanabe’s teaching encompasses all aspects of Japanese culture (and beyond), and he has worked in multiple departments including Art History, History and East Asian Languages and Literatures. From his dissertation work on The Tale of Flowering Fortunes, he has continued to explore the representation of history in cultural works. Of late, his work in tea has also led him to branch into Japanese food culture. Watanabe’s current research focuses on the sixteenth-century Shuhanron scroll, twelfth-century illustrated scrolls associated with Go-Shirakawa, and Heian culinary practices.