Melek Ortabasi

Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programming, Learning and Teaching, Student Experience at SFU FASS
World Languages and Literatures

Areas of interest

She specializes in modern Japanese and German literatures. Her latest book, The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Asia Center. She is currently working on two projects: a book manuscript on transnationalism and modern Japanese children's literature, as well as a comparative Digital Humanities project on the childhood memoir, which incorporates materials primarily in Japanese, German, and English.


  • BA in Comparative Literature (University of California, Berkeley)
  • MA, PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Washington)


Melek Ortabasi teaches World Literature courses that are often informed by her research interests: translation theory and practice, popular culture and transnationalism, and internationalism in children’s literature.


This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.