Co-director of Whitworth's Medieval and Early Modern Studies Program. Recipient of a 2006-07 Whitworth University Outstanding Serivce Faculty Award.
Edited a book, The N-Town Plays, for the Middle English Text Series at the Medieval Institute Publications (2007). Edited Medieval N-Town Plays that premiered in England in 1998. Sugano's modernized, playing edition of the N-Town manuscript, "The Midland Mysteries," was performed in England by the Image Players at the Birmingham's St. Phillip's Cathedral as the 1997 Midland Mystery Plays. The play text was published in 1997. Midland Mysteries was staged by Gonzaga University in April 2002.
Presented a paper, "Practicing What We Preach: One Case History of One TEAMS Text" at the annual meeting of the International Medieval Congress, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (2008). Gave a presentation on medieval manuscripts for a Medieval and Early Modern Studies event (2007). Published several articles on late medieval British drama and several articles on Asian-American drama and novels.
Member of Act Six National Advisory Board. Won the American Japanese Literary Award in 1980.
Has taught medieval literature, Shakespeare, Asian-American literature, and multicultural American literature for more than 15 years.
Recipient of the Faculty Outstanding Service Award, Whitworth University (2008-09).