Specialization/Discipline

Japanese History, Japanese Politics, History of US-Japan Relations

Research Topic

Much of my research to date concerns the origins, history, character, role and evolution of Japan's Self Defense Forces, especially the National Police Reserve (1950-1952). This topic fits within my broader research on the US Occupation era (1945-1952). This period, which saw significant changes in almost all aspects of Japanese life was arguably the defining era of postwar Japan, and studying it gives me and my students insight into various fields including: US-Japan Relations, Modern Japanese History, Japanese Politics and Foreign Relations.

Message for Applicants

I am happy to supervise graduate theses on the modern political, diplomatic, and military history of Japan (especially between the years of 1868 and around 1972), as well as on Japan's contemporary politics and foreign relations.
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Advised Master’s Thesis (Last 5 years)

  • Nihonjinron on Ice: Foreign/Japanese Identities Within the 1998 Japanese Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team
  • Reconstructing the Past to Build the Future