Winter 2015 (current)
Spring 2015 (tentative)
Winter 2015 Office hours
T 11-12 and W 10:30-11:30
Office hours for Tues Jan 27 cancelled
Current Graduate Students
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1991
Office: HSSB 4228 Hours:
Phone: no telephone
Fax: (805) 893-8795
I teach history of the Japanese islands from ancient to modern times. I enjoy teaching and use many visual and literary documents to help integrate social and cultural history with the economic and political. I like to get students to think creatively about doing history. My research mostly focuses on the period between the 1500's and the early 1900's, and my graduate teaching focuses on history during this period.
Research and Teaching Interests
- Early Modern Japanese Social and Economic History
- A Samurai's Life
A biography of an 18th C. samurai of Tosa domain named Mori Yoshiki. He is an "average" samurai but his life is very well recorded in his diaries, and those of his family and friends, as well as in many other kinds of documents.
- Performing the Great Peace: Political Space and Open Secrets in Tokugawa Japan
University of Hawai'i Press, 2012
- with Sharon Takeda, Japanese Fisherman's Coats From Awaji Island, (UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2001).
- "Mori Yoshiki: Samurai Government Officer," pp. 25-42 in Anne Walthall ed. The Human Tradition in Modern Japan
(Scholarly Resources, 2001).
- Mercantilism in a Japanese Domain: The Merchant Origins of Economic Nationalism in Eighteenth Century Tosa, Cambridge University Press, 1998
- "A Petition for a Popularly Chosen Council of Government in Tosa in 1787," in The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (December, 1997), pp. 575-596
- 土佐と維新__「国家」の喪失と「地方」の誕生」、『年報近代日本研究』no. ２０
- "The Petition Box in Eighteenth Century Tosa" in Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 20, no. 2 (Summer 1994), pp. 423-458
Honors and Professional Activities
- 2007Foreign Research Scholar Fellowship, National Museum of Japanese History, Sakura Japan, for participation in cooperative research project
“Kinsei seiji ni okeru ôyake to watakushi”
- 2004-05American Philosophical Society Sabbatical Research Fellowship, for “Denationalizing the Past in Pre-modern Japan”
- 1994-95Japan Foundation Research Fellowship (Aug. 1994-Aug. 1995) for project, "Samurai Identity in Diaries of Late Eighteenth Century Tosa"
- 1988-89Japan Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Personal Web Site
- East Asian Cash Coins
a set of pages devoted to pre-modern copper coinage of East Asia with coins and documents