Mieko Kawai

Lecturer of Japanese
B057 New Cabell Hall
Office hours: Monday 2:00 - 4:00 PM, Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 PM

Born and raised in Aichi, Japan, Mieko worked as an administrative dietitian in the welfare section of a major company in Japan.  In her mid 20s, she decided to take a first step to pursuing her long-time interest in language teaching and came to the U.S. as an assistant Japanese teacher in elementary and high schools.  As she gained her teaching experience at various K-12 schools and adult language schools in the Baltimore area, she developed an interest in Linguistics and earned a B.A. from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She then received an M.A. in Japanese Linguistics and finished her Ph.D. course work at the University of Arizona.

Her experience before joining the UVa faculty in 2007 includes Middlebury College Japanese Language School, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University.     

Currently, as a member of the J-GAP (Japan Global Articulation Project) USA Team, she is promoting articulation among K-16 Japanese language programs in the Mid-Atlantic area.



Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy, Second Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis, Socio-Phonetics, Articulation and Advocacy in Japanese Language Education.

Department Faculty

Lecturer of Chinese
Associate Professor of Chinese Literature
Lecturer of Korean
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature
Lecturer of Japanese
Lecturer of Korean
Professor of Chinese
Lecturer in Chinese
Ellen Bayard Weedon Chair Professor of East Asian Studies and Department Chair
Associate Professor of Chinese
Lecturer of Japanese
Lecturer in Chinese Literature
Lecturer Emeritus
Lecturer of Japanese
Associate professor of Chinese and Inaugural Director of the Institute of World Languages
Professor Emeritus
Lecturer of Chinese