Paul Roquet studies the emotional spaces of Japanese media.
He is the author of Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self (Minnesota, 2016), a book exploring how aesthetic styles and modes of engagement transformed in tandem with a post-1970s culture of atmospheric mood regulation. Theorizing the deployment of calming moods in electronic music, video art, film, and literature, the book explores how the ambient departs from earlier trends in background music and video, throwing a diffuse and sometimes critical light over an emerging Japanese therapy culture. Other recent articles on the emotional spaces of anime have appeared in the journals Representations and Animation. His courses at MIT include Digital Media in Japan and Korea, Cinema in Japan and Korea, and Introduction to Japanese Culture.