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, twentieth- and twenty-first-century British literature, and drama and performance studies. He is particularly interested in the work of Samuel Beckett, and he has delivered talks on Beckett in Ireland, South Africa, and Japan.

His publications include “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’huiand Arizona Quarterly. He is currently at work on his first book.