Bodies and Structures


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.

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 children, bodies, and the state in the sphere of informal education.

David Fedman is Assistant Professor of Japanese and Korean History at the University of California, Irvine. His research to date has focused on the environmental history and historical geography of Japanese colonialism in Korea. Together 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.

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.

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 Bloody Sunagawa: Anti-Base Protest 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. His book, tentatively titled, "Drugs and the Business of Empire in Modern Japan," is forthcoming from Cornell University Press.