Ikoma Natsumi (Ph.D., University of Durham, UK, Kyoto University, Japan) is Senior Associate Professor at International Christian University, Tokyo. She has taught courses on British literature, feminist theories, and gender & sexuality studies. Her research interests include narrative monstrosity and representation of abject bodies in a comparative context. Dr. Ikoma published her first monologue, “Desiring Stories”, in 2007, which focused on monstrous women depicted in British and Japanese literature. At HYI, Dr. Ikoma conducted research on literature on terror, focusing on recent criminal cases and terrorist attacks in Japan and in the US, including 9/11.