Chisako Cole


Chisako teaches Reading & Composition courses (R1A and R4B) and has also taught in the Summer English Language Studies program and in the Summer Bridge Program, with a particular focus on multilingual student writers. Chisako holds an M.A. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Boston University. Prior to relocating to California, she taught at New York University and The City University of New York. At Berkeley, she has been a Lecturer Teaching Fellow, focusing her work on the social rules of classroom discourse and composition for international students. She was accepted into the First Step Discovery Fellows Program and in the 2022-2023 school year, will continue work on discovery based projects that use writing to contextualize the art of translated texts within social, political, historical, or cultural frameworks. This work applies to Chisako’s themes of social justice and ethnographic research of local communities and social infrastructures in her composition and research classes. She encourages students to bring their own interests, experiences, and creative agency to the classroom in a collaborative inquiry-based learning environment. She enjoys spending time with her cat, Poppy, in her adopted hometown of Richmond, CA.