Liesl Yamaguchi joins the Department of French as Assistant Professor

Liesl Yamaguchi
August 2, 2023

The Division of Arts & Humanities at UC Berkeley is pleased to welcome professor Liesl Yamaguchi as of July 1, 2023. Yamaguchi is an assistant professor in the Department of French with a specialization in linguistics and translation.

Yamaguchi’s research interests span a variety of topics from poetics to linguistics to literary theory. Her publications have appeared in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, The Literary Encyclopedia and French Studies Bulletin, among others. She is likewise the recipient of several awards, some of which include the Ralph Cohen Prize from New Literary History (2018) and the Vivian Law Prize from the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas for her conference presentation "The Colors of the Universal Alphabet" (2022). 

She received her B.A. from Columbia University and M.St. from Oxford University before earning her Ph.D. from Princeton University. While an assistant professor of French at Boston College, Yamaguchi was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar for the 2020-21 academic year and is also a Fulbright Finland alumna.