Mamori Sugita Hughes

I am a formal linguist working principally on the syntax/semantics interface. In addition, I am interested in foreign language acquisition, and I've been teaching Japanese courses of all levels at Queens College, City University of New York for over ten years. My recent work includes several self-study Japanese books published by Living Language/Random House. Furthermore, as a Japanese language specialist, I've been providing services for Living Language/Random House and also involved in a project with U.S. Defense Language Institute. As a translator between Japanese and English, I've provided services for clients such as Yuki Hyodo (Japanese TV/radio show host), Eriko Kurosaki (nailist, founder and CEO of erikonail), and Usa Tanaka (international children's book author).


Ph.D. Linguistics

Graduate Center, City University of New York, 2009

B.A. Language and Area Studies

Anglo-American Division, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 1999


Japanese OPI tester


Adjunct Assistant Professor

Queens College, City University of New York

Department of Classical, Middle Eastern, Asian Languages and Cultures

Graduate Center, City University of New York

Ph.D. Program in Linguistics

Recent Professional Activity

Japanese language specialist (2012-present)

Living Language/Radom House

Japanese standard setting panelist (May, 2014)

Defense Language Institute

Recent Publications



Contributing Editor

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