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 Studies. His first book, Flowering Tales: Women Exorcising History in Heian Japan is due out in early 2020 from Harvard Asia Center. Of late, his work in tea has also led him to branch into Japanese food culture. Watanabe’s next book project involves negotiations with the ambivalence surrounding food and eating in pre-1600 Japan.