Associate Professor of Humanities & East Asian Studies
Prough’s research and teaching both examine issues of representation and the ways that cultural meanings are produced and managed, experienced and interpreted through mass culture. Her book entitled Straight from the Heart: Gender, Intimacy, and the Cultural Production of Shōjo Manga (University of Hawai’i Press, 2011) examines the production of Girls’ comics in Japan through ethnographic analysis. Her current research project seeks to understand the ways that tradition, history, and culture are produced, packaged, promoted, and consumed in the Kyoto tourist industry. In addition to teaching in the “Interpretation: Self, Culture, Society” and First-Year Program Prough teaches seminars on urban Japan, Japanese visual culture, tourism, living together across difference, and anthropology. She is a proud CC alum.