Thomas McDonald

Thomas McDonald
  • Lecturer in Japanese Language and Culture

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Thomas McDonald is a lecturer in Japanese language, literature, and culture. He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University (2023), where his doctoral research examined how Japanese-Korean writer Lee Yangji and Austrian-Slovene writer Peter Handke explored their minority heritage languages and cultures amid political and economic precarity in South Korea and the former Yugoslavia during the 1980s. He has taught courses on Japan at Stanford and the University of California, Davis, and teaches Slovene language through the San Francisco Bay Area’s Club Slovenia.


Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University, 2023, Stanford, CA
MBA in International Business, University of South Carolina, 2016, Columbia, SC