Orna Shaughnessy

Orna Shaughnessy

Associate Professor, Japanese; Director of Asian Studies

  • Faculty


Japanese literature, Japanese popular culture, Japanese film, Japanese language, Critical Race theory, Translation Studies, Travel Literature, Cultural Studies & Diversity, Japanese pedagogy, digital humanities

Professional Biography

Orna Shaughnessy received her PhD in Japanese literature from the University of California, Berkeley. She has received a Foreign Language & Area Studies Award (FLAS) for Japanese, a Fulbright IIE Fellowship to conduct research at the National Institute for Japanese Literature in Tokyo, Japan, and an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award for faculty research, scholarship and professional development. Her areas of research include hizakurige mono, 19th century Japanese travel literature, translation studies, urban studies, and the digital humanities. At the University of Denver she teaches a wide array of classes on Japanese literature, film and cultural production, and received the William T. Driscoll Master Educator award in 2018.


  • Ph.D., Japanese, University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Certificate of Completion Teaching Online Workshop
  • Completion of DU Canvas Instructor Tutorial

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Japanese Literary Studies
  • Modern Language Association
  • Association of Asian Studies

Areas of Research

Japanese literature
Japanese popular culture
Japanese film
Japanese language
Critical Race theory
Translation Studies
Travel Literature
Cultural Studies & Diversity
Japanese pedagogy
digital humanities

Featured Publications

Shaughnessy, O. (2016). "Early Meiji Manga: The Political Cartoons of Kanagaki Robun and Kawanabe Kyosai.". In R. Suter & N. Otmazgin (Eds.), Rewriting History in Manga: Stories for the Nation. London and New York, UK and USA: Palgrave University Press.


  • William T. Driscoll 2018 Master Educator Award, University of Denver