Lindsay Yotsukura received her Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University in 1997. She specializes in Japanese linguistics, focusing on cross-cultural pragmatics and discourse analysis from a corpus-linguistic perspective. Publications include her book, Negotiating Moves: Problem Presentation and Resolution in Japanese Business Discourse (Elsevier, 2003), and numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including "Negotiation and confirmation of arrangements in Japanese business discourse (Japanese Language and Literature 45:1, 2011); “Making inquiries: Toiawase strategies by Japanese L1 and L2 callers to Japanese educational institutions” (in Japanese Applied Linguistics: Discourse and Social Perspectives, Continuum, 2008); “Beikoku ni okeru Nihongo kyôiku no genjô oyobi gakushûsha dôki ni tsuite (Japanese language education and student motivation in the United States)” (Bonjinsha, 2006); "Japanese Business Telephone Conversations as Bakhtinian Speech Genre: Applications for Second Language Acquisition" (Erlbaum, 2005); and “Learning Words, Learning Worlds” (Japanese Language and Literature 39:2, 2005). In 2006 she also completed a series of seven translations for a new bilingual edition of the Nihongo Kyoiku Jiten (Taishûkan).
During the 2006-07 year, Yotsukura was awarded a Lilly Fellowship by the Center for Teaching Excellence, and has been the recipient of several Instructional Improvement Grants, also awarded by CTE and the College of Arts and Humanities, over the course of many years. From 2011-2014, she served as the Resident Director of the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies, a study abroad program based at Doshisha University and administered by Columbia University. In January 2016, she led a group of 11 UM students to Tokyo and Miyagi, Japan as part of the Kakehashi Project, a fully expense-paid, 9-day study tour sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In Spring 2016, Yotsukura participated in the Undergraduate Technology Apprenticeship Program, working with an undergraduate Japanese major to develop a mobile application for the first-year Japanese language textbook materials used at UMD. She has also recently updated her popular course, Topics in Japanese Pragmatics: Stylistic Variation in the Films of Miyazaki Hayao and Studio Ghibli (JAPN 438M) in preparation for offering it again in Spring 2017, as well as an online version for Summer Session II 2017.
In addition to teaching courses at UM in Japanese language and linguistics, Yotsukura serves as the Director of the undergraduate Japanese program, and is the Head of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.