Jonathan Naito joined the St. Olaf English Department in 2010. He moved to Minnesota from the Pacific Northwest, where he taught at Reed College. Born and raised in Metro Detroit, he received his B.A. from Reed and his Ph.D. from UCLA.
Jonathan's fields of interest include Anglophone postcolonial literature and theory, transnational studies, twentieth- and twenty-first-century British literature, twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, drama and travel literature. He is particularly interested in the work of Samuel Beckett, and he has delivered talks on Beckett in Ireland, South Africa, and Japan.
His most recent publication is "Samuel Beckett and the Black Atlantic," which appeared in The Black and Green Atlantic, an essay collection edited by Peter D. O'Neill and David Lloyd. Other examples of his work can be found in Samuel Beckett Today/Aujord'hui and Arizona Quarterly. He is currently at work on his first book, tentatively titled The Postimperial Imagination.