Professor Sugimori taught at University of Kansas and University of South Alabama before coming to FGCU in 2012. His current book project, *U.S. Passing Fiction and Modernism*, examines early-twentieth-century American novels of racial passing (novels that feature light-skinned "black" characters who live as "white") by James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, Jessie Fauset, Nella Larsen, Fannie Hurst, and William Faulkner. His analysis reveals how those works reflect nuanced influences—both thematic and narrative—from the interrelation among the fast-paced, fluid, and alienating modern society, the increased mobility across identity categories, and literary modernism which emerged simultaneously as a product of such society and as a mode of discourse invented to capture the society's attributes.
As a creative writer, Professor Sugimori has published short stories in national journals and conferences. A Japanese native who spent his formative years in industrial Toyota City and historic Kyoto, he explores in his stories the manners and mores of Postwar Japan in relation to subtle socio-cultural influences from the U.S.