Curriculum Vitae


The University of Trier, Germany

Doctoral Studies, 2012 – 2018

Department of Japanese Studies (Japanologie)

  • Supervisors: Prof. em. Stanca Scholz-Cionca and Prof. Andreas Regelsberger
  • Dissertation research funded with a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for one year at Waseda University (see “Awards and Fellowships” below)
  • Dissertation Title: The Dynamics of Gender and Power in Zeami’s Reflections on Performance
  • Successfully defended on February 13, 2018 with the grade Magna cum laude

The University of Tokyo, Japan

Master’s Studies, 2009 – 2012

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Culture and Representation Course (Sōgōbunkakenkyūka, Chiiki bunka kagaku senkō, Hyōshōbunkaron)

  • Supervisor: Prof. Matsuoka Shinpei
  • Thesis written and submitted in Japanese: Zeami’s Noh “Eguchi” and its Dramaturgy: Concerning the Significance of the Word “Kotowari” and the Performance of the “Dance of the Heavenly Woman”
  • Funded with a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship (see “Awards and Fellowships” below)

Smith College, Massachusetts

Bachelor’s Studies, 2001 – 2005

Major in East Asian Languages and Literature and minor in Philosophy (focus: Linguistics)

  • Supervisor in East Asian Langauges and Literature (major): Prof. Thomas Rohlich
  • Supervisor in Linguistics (minor): Prof. Jill de Villiers


Dec. 2017 –  Dec. 2018 Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Trier Center for Digital Humanities, University of Trier
  • Fellowship funding from the German state of Rheinland-Palatinate

Oct. 2015 –  Sep. 2016 Adjunct Instructor

  • Department of Japanese Studies (Japanologie), University of Tübingen
  • Reading classes covering Zeami’s treatises on performance and treatises on linked poetry (renga)

Awards and Fellowships

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellowship (Short-term)

Oct. 2013  –  Oct. 2014

  • Visiting Researcher at Waseda University
  • Host: Prof. Takemoto Mikio

Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship

Apr. 2009 – Mar. 2012

  • Research student at the University of Tokyo for one academic year
  • Master’s student at the University of Tokyo for two years
  • Host: Prof. Matsuoka Shinpei


McGaughey, Hanna. “Hana,” In Handbook on Performance-Related Concepts in Non-European Languages, edited by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Christel Weiler, Torsten Jost. (forthcoming)

McGaughey, Hanna. “Yūgen,” In Handbook on Performance-Related Concepts in Non-European Languages, edited by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Christel Weiler, Torsten Jost. (forthcoming)

McGaughey, Hanna. “Producing Miracles: The Practice of Noh Performance,” Practicing Japanese Philosophy: Mind and Activity, The University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy, 2012, pp. 76-87.

Marumoto, Takashi. “Comedy and Laughter on the Japanese and German Stage: A Comparative Attempt,” translated by Hanna McGaughey. In Japanese Theatre Transcultural: German and Italian Intertwinings, edited by Stanca Scholz-Cionca and Andreas Regelsberger. Munich: Iudicium, 2011. pp. 51-68.

Invited Presentations

McGaughey, Hanna. “Hinter der Nō-Maske: Die weltlichen und himmlischen Kräfte einer leeren Identität (Behind the Noh Mask: The Profane and Heavenly Powers of an Empty Identity)” Paper presented at the Symposium “Verehrung und Blasphemie im Theater (Veneration and Blasphemy in the Theater),” EKŌ Haus, March 31 to April 2, 2017.

McGaughey, Hanna. “Das Noh als Spiel der Stimmungen (Noh as Play with Mood),” Paper presented in Prof. Simon Frisch’s Film and Media Studies seminar Perspectives in Blandness and Emptiness”at the Bauhaus University of Weimar, January 28, 2017.

McGaughey, Hanna. “Der Wandel und der Umfang der Nō-Kata: Ein Blick in ihre geschichtliche Entwicklung (The Transformation and Scope of Noh Kata: A Look into their Historical Development),” Paper presented at the Summer Academy “Kata:” Leibliche Übungsformen auf japanische Kunstwegen (“Kata:” Corporal Forms in the Practice of Japanese Arts), the University of Hildesheim, July 18, 2013.

Conference Papers

McGaughey, Hanna. “Zeami no hi-niku-kotsu-ron ni okeru tensai no mondai (The Issue of Genius in Zeami’s Theory of Skin, Meat, and Bone),” Paper presented at the Gakugeki gakkai taikai (Japanese Association for Musical Performing Arts Studies Conference) at the National Noh Theater, Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2016.

McGaughey, Hanna. “How a Goddess Enters Politics” Paper presented at the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) at the International Christian University (ICU), Tokyo, July 2, 2016.

McGaughey, Hanna, “Zeamis Stimmung des Yūgen als Ästhetik des Natürlichen (Zeami’s Mood of Yūgen as Aesthetic of the Natural),” Paper presented at the Deutscher Japanologentag (German Language Japanese Studies Conference) at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, August 28, 2015.

McGaughey, Hanna. “Zeamis Yūgen Begriff als Ästhetik des Spielraums (Zeami’s Yūgen Concept as Aesthetic of Play and Space),” Paper presented at the Arbeitskreis Vormoderne Japanische Literatur (Research Group on Premodern Japanese Literature) “Imaginierte Orte: Räume der Imagination (Imagined Places: Rooms of Imagination),” at the University of Trier, June 27, 2015.

McGaughey, Hanna. “Philology of Performance: A Methodology for Analysing Zeami’s Creativity,” Paper presented at the Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ) at Sophia University, Tokyo, June 22, 2014.

McGaughey, Hanna. “The Goddess Emerges: Sacred Space in a Secularized Art,” Paper presented at the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) International Conference at Tallinn University, August 25, 2011.