Dr. Naito studied medieval Japanese poetry at the University of Tokyo, where she earned her M.A. degree. During her stay at Harvard as a Ph.D. candidate from the University of Tokyo, her research focused on the aesthetic ideas in medieval Japanese poetics and explored the theoretical framework for the conception of time and memory. She is also interested in investigating the formation of medieval Japanese poetry under the literary influences of East Asian region from historical perspectives. She is currently Senior Assistant Professor, School of Information and Communication, Meiji University.