Librarian (H.H. Mu Far Eastern Library)
Area: Library & Archives
Interests: Japanese literature, Japanese Buddhist and Christian art, Japanese popular culture
BA, Asian Studies, Cornell University, 2000
MA, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 2002
Ph.D., East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, 2007
MISt, Library and Information Science, University of Toronto, 2009
After earning his doctorate in Japanese studies, Dr. Dionisio came to Canada in 2007 to attend library school at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. His areas of expertise include Japanese pre-modern literature and Japanese religion. His dissertation, Drawing on History: Tagawa Suihou and Early Japanese Manga Culture, examined the popularity of Japanese wartime cartoonist Tagawa Suihou and the beginnings of modern manga fandom. Max comes to the ROM after having been the Assistant Librarian at Upper Canada College in charge of technical services. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information where he teaches courses on advanced cataloguing and comic books.