Bruce Baird teaches Japanese theater, cinema, philosophy, manga, anime, and video games at UMass Amherst.  His primary research topic is the Japanese avant-garde dance butoh about which he has published several articles.  His book, Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits was released by Palgrave Macmillan on Jan. 31, 2012. With Rosemary Candelario, he co-edited the Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance, released in August 2018. Recently, Bruce has taken an interest in manga, anime and Japanese video games.