Dr. Francis-Ratte is a linguist and scholar of Japanese language. He joined Furman in 2016 after completing his Ph.D. in Japanese at The Ohio State University, where he gained expertise in Japanese linguistics, pre-modern Japanese, and Japanese language pedagogy.
Dr.Francis-Ratte's research focuses on the history of the Japanese and Korean languages, targeting stages of these languages before textual evidence and reconstructing hypothetical ancestor languages. His scholarly interests have taken him to Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, including pursuing research on Japanese linguistics in Tokyo, Japan. In the classroom, Dr.Francis-Ratte's course focus on language teaching, Asian languages and linguistics, and pre-modern Japan, helping students to understand the diversity of language and culture in East Asia, as well as the linguistic interconnectedness of Japan, Korea, and China.