Akira Yatsuhashi is Assistant Professor of Literature at SUNY Oneonta. Before obtaining a PhD in Classics from Duke University in 2010 he studied Classics, Comparative Literature and Japanese Poetics in Tufts. His research focuses on the use of literature and scholarly writing in the construction of cultural and ethnic identity in colonial and imperial contexts. Furthermore, he studies the ancient Library of Alexandria regarding its literary products which played a role in permitting elites reimagine and reorder their cultural pasts in the wake of the conquests of Alexander the Great. During his fellowship at Topoi Akira Yatsuhashi carries out his research within the research group (D-5) From Technology to Science.