• Modern and Premodern Japanese History, Remembrance of Hiroshima in Japan and the United States, Constructions of National Identity in East Asia, International Relations in East Asia, Japanese History through Film

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., 1996 Stanford University, History (Modern East Asia)
  • M.A., 1987 University of Washington, International Studies (East Asia: Japan Regional Studies
  • B.A., 1979 Yale University, Economics

Teaching Interests

  • Modern and Premodern Japanese History
  • Remembrance of Hiroshima in Japan and the United States
  • Constructions of National Identity in East Asia
  • International Relations in East Asia
  • Japanese History through Film

Research Interests

  • Current projects:
    • History of Little League in Japan, the first two decades
    • Victim narratives as part of popular remembrance of war in East Asia (Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea)
  • Remembrance of war in constructions of national identity
  • Japanese pacifism
  • Historical analysis of popular culture

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Recent Activities

Selected Publications

"Japan's Hiroshima: The National Appropriation of Nuclear Bomb Victimhood," in Asada Sado, ed., The Atomic Bomb in Japanese and American Perspectives, forthcoming (in Japanese).

"Hibakusha Testimony as Oral History: Thoughts for Teachers" (June 2010) Japan Society of New York, "About Japan: A Teacher's Resource."

"Victims and Perpetrators in National Memory: Lessons from Post-World War Two Japan."Revue Suisse d'Histoire (RSH: Swiss Historical Review) 57.1 (2007): 1-16.

The Victim as Hero: Ideologies of Peace and National Identity in Postwar Japan (2001).University of Hawaii Press.

"Yasui Kaoru: Citizen-Scholar in War and Peace." Japan Forum 12(1) (2000): 1-14.

"War victim compensation campaigns of the 1960s: Suffering in service to the nation state."Social Science Japan Newsletter 17 (December 1999): 22-25.


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