• PhD, University of Minnesota, 2015

Research Interests

  • Japanese Film
  • Genre Studies
  • Theories of Horror in Fiction and Film
  • Traditions of the Fantastic in East Asia

Courses Recently Taught

  • EALC-E201: Fantasy and Horror in East Asian Literature
  • EALC-E322: Modern Japanese Literature
  • EALC-E330: Studies in Japanese Film: Canon & Cult
  • EALC-E330: Japanese Horror Cinema

Awards and Distinctions

  • Japan Foundation Fellowship, 2012-13

Publication Highlights

  • "Kaiki eiga: Classic Japanese Horror Cinema." In The Japanese Cinema Book, eds. Hideaki Fujiki and Alastair Phillips (London: British Film Institute, forthcoming.)
  • "Beauty is the Beast: Suzuki Sumiko and Prewar Japanese Horror Cinema." The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema vol. 10 no. 1 (2018).
  • Entries in The Encyclopedia of Japanese Horror Films, ed. Salvador Murguia. National Cinemas Series (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016.)
  • "Sympathy for the She-Devil: Poison Women and Vengeful Ghosts in the Films of Nakagawa Nobuo." In Beyond the Monstrous: Reading from the Cultural Imaginary, eds. Janice Zehentbauer and Eva Gledhill (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.)

Michael Crandol received his PhD. in Asian Literatures, Cultures, and Media with a minor in Moving Image Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2015. His research focuses on the history of the horror film genre in Japan during the prewar and early postwar eras. Professor Crandol’s interest in Japanese horror was sparked by a lifelong love of classic B-grade monster movies, as well as the literary and folkloric traditions behind the monsters that inhabit them. He has taught courses on film, literature, and culture from the ancient to the modern eras, including Classical Japanese literature, horror cinema, a seminar on popular culture of the Edo period (1603-1868), as well as courses on fantasy film and literature in East Asia.