David Boyd

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Assistant Professor of Japanese
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On Leave

Coordinator of Undergraduate Certificate of Translating Japanese-English


David Boyd is Assistant Professor of Japanese. He has translated novels and stories by Hiroko Oyamada, Masatsugu Ono and Toh EnJoe, among others. His translation of Hideo Furukawa’s Slow Boat (Pushkin Press, 2017) won the 2017/2018 Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. With Sam Bett, he is cotranslating the novels of Mieko Kawakami.


Ph.D. East Asian Studies, Princeton University (2018)

M.A. Contemporary Literary Studies, University of Tokyo (2012)

B.A. East Asian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (2005)


Assistant Professor of Japanese, UNC Charlotte, 2018 - present

Specific Research Interests

Literary Translation
Modern Japanese Literature
Translation Studies