Graduate Directory

Jane Komori
  • Title
    • PhD Student
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History of Consciousness Department
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 434
    • TBA
  • Office Hours Monday 5:30-6:30
  • Mail Stop History Of Consciousness

Biography, Education and Training

Jane Komori is an activist, farmer, and PhD student in the History of Consciousness Department at the University of California Santa Cruz. She holds a Bachelor of Arts First Class with Distinction in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies and humanities from Simon Fraser University and is a Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada doctoral fellow. Informed by a professional farming practice, organizing in feminist and social justice communities, and literary and creative work, Jane pursues interdisciplinary research that is concerned with Japanese Canadian identity since their internment during the Second World War. Highlighting the transformative possibilities of community resilience, Jane’s research investigates how Japanese Canadians have built and maintained cultural identity and spaces of home and belonging in spite of displacement through alternative food systems.

Jane’s academic work is shaped by her involvement in activist communities in Kamloops and Vancouver, BC, and Santa Cruz, CA. As a farmer, she has worked with non-profit organizations including the Richmond Sharing Farm and the Tonari Gumi Japanese Canadian Volunteers Association to promote food security by supplying organic produce to food banks, connecting elders to community garden plots, teaching organic farming practices to volunteers, and leading horticultural therapy programs for seniors and people in recovery from addiction. Jane has also worked as a Victim Services Support Worker at WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre, Vancouver’s only Rape Crisis Center, to support survivors of sexual assault. Her other work includes zine editing, organizing in Nikkei community organizations such as the National Association of Japanese Canadians, the Kikiai Collaborative, and the Tonari Gumi Japanese Community Volunteers Association, student government and union organizing with the Simon Fraser Student Society and UAW Local 2865, the UC Student-Workers Union, and involvement with CJSF 90.1 FM’s campus and community feminist radio program Intra-Venus. 

Jane’s publications include creative non-fiction and comics in Ricepaper Magazine, Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology, Matrix Magazine, and GUTS Canadian Feminist Magazine, and a book written in collaboration with the Tonari Gumi Japanese Community Volunteers Association, Our Edible Roots: The Japanese Canadian Kitchen Garden



Selected Publications

Our Edible Roots: The Japanese Canadian Kitchen Garden. Tonari Gumi Japanese Community Volunteers Association and New Horizons for Seniors Program. 2018.

“Japanese Cheese.” Currents: A Ricepaper Anthology. 2017.


“Deserted Interiors II: Afternoon Obituaries.” Ricepaper Magazine. 2016.

“Deserted Interiors I: Japanese Cheese.” Ricepaper Magazine. 2016.


“Afternoon Obituaries: a trans-generational graphic narrative.” Matrix Magazine. Ed. Lucas Crawford. Spring 2016.


“Embodied Futures: a comic about aging together.” Guts Canadian Feminist Magazine. Issue 6 (2016).