Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian History


David R. Ambaras is Professor of History at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Japan's Imperial Underworlds: Intimate Encounters at the Borders of Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Bad Youth: Juvenile Delinquency and the Politics of Everyday Life in Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2006); and a recipient of fellowships and grants from the National Humanities Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Michitake Aso is Associate Professor of the Global Environment in the Department of History at the University at Albany. He has held fellowships at Kyoto University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the National University of Singapore. His book Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History won the Agricultural History Society's Henry A. Wallace Award and the Forest History Society's Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award. He has published articles in various scholarly journals and has taught courses on environmental, medical, and Asian history.

Noriko Aso is Associate Professor of Japanese History at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of Public Properties: Museums in Imperial Japan (Duke University Press, 2014) and various articles exploring the politics of Japanese material and popular culture. Her current project examines aquariums in modern Japan from the perspective of cultural and childhood studies as well as the history of science.

Emily Barrass Chapman is an historian of postwar Japan. She is based in London, teaching at both SOAS and Goldsmiths when not raising her children and wiping myriad surfaces. Her work focuses on the meeting point of image and experience in living life as a family in Japan after 1945. She is currently working on a novel which draws on her research to engage with the topic of infanticide in post war Japan.

Sakura Christmas is Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies at Bowdoin College. Her research concerns the history of borderlands, environment, and imperialism in Northeast Asia. She is completing her book, Territorial Natures: The Limits of Imperial Japan in Inner Mongolia.

Evan Dawley is Associate Professor of History at Goucher College and a scholar of modern China, Taiwan, and East Asia. His research examines identity formation, imperialism, international/transnational history, and migration. He is the author of Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s-1950s (Harvard Asia Center Press, 2019) and is working on a new project on the Republic of China, Chinese diasporas, and the construction of modern Chinese nationalism.

Maren Ehlers is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Her research focuses on the social history of Tokugawa Japan with a particular interest in social marginality, the status order, and its implications for the political economy. Her book Give and Take: Poverty and the Status Order in Early Modern Japan (Harvard Asia Center, 2018) won an Honorable Mention for the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies. She is currently investigating redefinitions of domain rule in the final years of the Tokugawa period, focusing on the case of Ōno domain and the activities of various social groups affiliated with it, both at the center of the Japanese state and on its northern periphery.

David Fedman is Associate Professor of Japanese and Korean History at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Seeds of Control: Japan's Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea (University of Washington Press, 2020). With Cary Karacas, he also maintains, a bilingual digital archive dedicated to disseminating information and primary sources on the strategic bombing of urban Japan during World War II.

Weiting Guo is a Lecturer in Chinese Language and Postdoctoral Scholar in Chinese History at Aix-Marseille Université, France. He was previously a Limited-Term Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Director of Taiwan Studies Group at Simon Fraser University (2015–2019). His current manuscript is tentatively titled Justice for the Empire: Summary Execution and Legal Culture in Qing China. He is the co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Chinese Legal History (forthcoming). He is also working for a European Research Council (ERC) digital-humanities project, “Elites, Networks and Power in modern China” (ENP China). 

Nathaniel Isaacson (he, him, his) is an Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at North Carolina State University. His research interests include the history of Chinese science and science fiction, Chinese cinema, cultural studies, and literary translation. Nathaniel has published articles in the Oxford Handbook of Modern Chinese Literatures, and journals including Osiris and Science Fiction Studies. He has also published translations of non-fiction, poetry and fiction in the translation journals Renditions, Pathlight, Science Fiction Studies, and Chinese Literature Today. His book, Celestial Empire: the Emergence of Chinese Science Fiction (2017), examines the emergence of sf in late Qing China. A number of recent translations of sf author Han Song were included in the volume Exploring Dark Fiction #5: A Primer to Han Song (2020).

Magdalena Kolodziej received her PhD in art history from Duke University. Her field is modern East Asian art. She teaches Japan Studies and art history at Toyo Eiwa University in Yokohama.

Hiroko Matsuda is associate professor at Kobe Gakuin University, Japan. She received her doctoral degree from the Australian National University. She is the author of Liminality of the Japanese Empire: Border Crossings from Okinawa to Colonial Taiwan (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2019).

Kate McDonald is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan (University of California Press, 2017) and numerous articles exploring the intersection of technology, mobility, and empire in the twentieth century.

Peter Thilly is Assistant Professor of Asian History at the University of Mississippi. His book manuscript, The Opium Business: Power and Profit on the Chinese Maritime Frontier, 1832-1946, is a social history of business-state relations during the rise of global capitalism.

Dustin Wright is Assistant Professor Japanese Culture and Language at California State University, Monterey Bay. His research has centered on anti-military base protests throughout Japan and the Pacific. His current manuscript is tentatively titled Protest Nation: Anti-Base Struggle and the Fight for Peace in Modern Japan. He is also co-director of The Okinawa Memories Initiative, an international public history project that explores the founding years of the American occupation of Okinawa.

Shellen Xiao Wu is Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her first book, Empires of Coal: Fueling China’s Entry into the Modern World Order, 1860-1920 was published with Stanford University Press in 2015. She is currently working on a global history of frontiers and the making of modern China.

Timothy Yang is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Georgia. He is the author of A Medicated Empire: The Pharmeceutical Industry and Modern Japan (Cornell University Press, 2021).

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