Dr. David Phillips

WGS Rotating Core Faculty  and Associate Professor of Humanities

Contact Information:

Office: Z. Smith Reynolds Library 301
Phone: (336) 758-4951


Ph.D.: University of Pennsylvania, City and Regional Planning
M.A.: University of Pennsylvania, City and Regional Planning
M.Arch.: University of Washington
B.A.: Cornell, Asian Studies, Anthropology, and Linguistics

WGS Courses:

WGS 101: Window on Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGS 320A/620AG: Evironment, Gender, and the Humanities

Professional/Research Focus:

Japanese architecture and planning
Urban history
Cultural Studies

Selected Work:


  • “Building Meiji Tokyo: Urban Growth in the Popular Imagination,” Journal of Popular Culture, Vol. 31.2, Fall 1997.
  • “From Life to Film: Using Japanese Films in Literature Courses,” Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Vol. XIX, 1997.
  • Book Review. “Darrell Davis, Picturing Japaneseness Monumental Style, National Identity, Japanese Film.”Journal of Asian History, v. 31, pp. 196-7, 1997.
  • Co-author with Dr. Janice Bardsley. “Teaching and Interpreting the Works of Kurosawa Akira,” Education About Asia, Vol. 1, No. 2, Fall 1996.
  • Co-author with Nobuko Awaya. Popular Reading: The Literary World of the Japanese Working Woman,” chapter in Re-imaging Japanese Women, Univ. of California, Berkeley Press, 1996.
  • Co-author of A Guide to English Composition (Tokyo: Aratake Publishing, 1991, 2nd edition, 1996.)


  • “Communicating Culture: Components of Service Learning in the Language and Anthropology Classroom” Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2006.
  • “Preservation and Development in Kyoto: The Role of Architectural Innovation” Art History Department and Historic Preservation Program, College of Charleston, March 2005.
  • “The Lower Depths” presentation and discussion facilitator for Akira Kurosawa film screening at Aesthetics of Nirvana seminar, UNC-Chapel Hill, October 2003.
  • North Carolina Campus Compact Service Learning Institute, Elon University, 2003. Co-presenter, “Teaching Cultural Sensitivity and Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Service Learning Courses” Workshop.
  • Association for Asian Studies, Southeast Regional Conference, 2003.
  • “Reshaping Meiji Tokyo: A Story of Urban Reform and Resistance to Change.” Southern Japan Seminar (Florida International University), Member of “Japan and the World” panel, respondent to “Noble Savages and Distant Edens: Encounters with the West in Natsume Soseki’s Sanshirou” (Inger Brodey), November 2002.
  • “Japanese aesthetics, the arts and music” presentation for Jacqui Carrasco’s World Music Survey course, WFU Department of Music, October 2002.
  • Film critiques on Akira Kurosawa’s “Lower Depths” and Kon Ichikawa’s “The Makioka Sisters,” Weatherspoon Art Museum Japanese Film Series, Univ. of North Carolina at Greensboro, October, 2002.
  • “American Sources for Japanese Planning Practices: The Iwakura Diplomatic Mission,” presented at “Planning in the Americas,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning National Conference, November 1997.
  • “The Ginza Brick District” presented at Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, 1993.


  • Our Story: The Montagnard Refugees of Calvary Baptist Church, 2002.