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Education

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 2006
  • B.A., St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN 1992

Current Projects

Translation and Critical Edition: Tosaka Jun, The Japanese Ideology (1935)

A Critical Genealogy of Fukushima (book manuscript)

Gods and Monsters: Fear and Everyday Life in Imperial Japan (book manuscript)

Publications

“Money and Mercury: Pollution and the Limits of Postwar Japanese Politics” Special Issue on 3/11: Exposure and Effect, positions: asia critique (Forthcoming).

“Nuclear Disasters: A Much Greater Event Has Already Taken Place” in The Asia-Pacific Journal, vol. 14, Issue 6, no. 2. (March 2016).

“So You’ve Converged—Now What? The Convergence of Critique,” Special Issue: The Great Convergence, Japanese Studies 34:3 (2014), 307-323.

Review Essay: Anarchist Modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian Intellectual Relations in Modern Japan, by Sho Konishi, The Journal of Northeast Asian History, vol. 11, no. 1 (2014): 270-81.

Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan 1870-1950. Duke University Press, 2014. A Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute (Columbia University). Free introduction on Scribd.

Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader, edited by Ken Kawashima, Fabian Schaefer, and Robert Stolz (Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2013).

“Here, Now: The Space of Everydayness as Cultural Critique'” in Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader, edited by Ken Kawashima, Fabian Schaefer, and Robert Stolz (Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2013), 125-49.

Remake Politics, Not Nature: Tanaka Shōzō’s Philosophies of ‘Poison’ and ‘Flow’ and Japan’s Environment,’ The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 5, Issue 1, January 2, 2007. In Japanese: 自然の改変でなく、政治の変革を:田中正造の「毒」と「流れ」の哲学と日本の環境.

Nature over Nation: Tanaka Shōzō’s Fundamental River Law,” Japan Forum 18:3 (2006), 417-37.

Translations

“The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster is a Serious Crime”: Interview with Koide Hiroaki, The Asia-Pacific Journal, vol. 14, Issue 6, no. 2. (March 2016).

Inoue Kiyoshi, “On Discrimination Against Okinawans” in Archive of Revolution: Marxist Historiography in Modern Japan 1930s-80s, under review at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

Noro Eitarō, “Contradictions and Crises of the Current Stage of Japanese Capitalism” in Archive of Revolution: Marxist Historiography in Modern Japan 1930s-80s, under review at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

______. “The Theorist on the Verge of ‘Collapse’ — A Recritique of Mr. Inomata’s ‘Critical Response'” in Archive of Revolution: Marxist Historiography in Modern Japan 1930s-80s, under review at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.

Tosaka Jun,  “The Principle of Everydayness and Historical Time (1930)” in Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader (Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2013), 3-16.

______. “On Space” [Introduction and Conclusion] (1931). in Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader (Ithaca: Cornell East Asia Series, 2013), 17-35.

Popular Press

Why the US Bombed Hiroshima,” Minnesota Public Radio News (mprnews.org), 8 Aug 2015.

“Japan’s Minamata and Global Mercury Pollution” (commissioned). Japan Society, NY, March 2015.

Another Look at Atom Bombs,” Guest Column, Knoxville News-Sentinel, 18 Nov 2007.

Book Reviews

Gregory Smits. Seismic Japan: The Long History and Continuing Legacy of the Ansei Edo Earthquake. Honolulu: University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2013. Pp. x, 262. $54.00. Forthcoming American Historical Review.

Japan at Nature’s Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power. Edited by Ian Jared Miller, Julia Adeney Thomas, and Brett L. Walker. Environmental History, Jan 27, 2016.

A Companion to Japanese History. Edited by William M. Tsutsui. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2007 (632 pp.) in Journal of World History vol. 21, number 2, June 2010, 313-15.

Selected Conferences and Invited Talks

“The Difference between a River and Drain,” UC-Irvine, Of Soils, Roots, and Streams, June 14, 2017.

“The Dream and the Nightmare of the Past in Prewar Japan,” Fourth Annual Trans-Pacific Workshop, UCLA, June 9, 2017.

Invited talk: “A Critical Genealogy of Fukushima,” Middlebury College, March 15, 2017.

Invited talk: “Money and Mercury: Minamata Studies and Postwar Japan,” New York University, February 15, 2017.

Invited Talk: “The Politics of the National Sacrifice Zone,” The Social Life of Ruins, Wissenschaft Kolleg zu Berlin, 10 June 2016.

“Death-Worlds: Environmental Pollution and the Limits of Postwar Democracy,” UCLA Trans-Pacific Symposium, 4 June 2016.

Invited Talk: “Disaster and Everyday Life in Modern Japan,” UMBC, November 15, 2015.

Invited Talk: “Environmental Pollution and the Limits of Liberalism in Modern Japan,” University of Chicago, October 27, 2015.

Invited Talk: “Environmental Pollution and the Crisis of the Liberal State in Meiji Japan,” UC Berkeley. October 15, 2015.

“Appropriation by Overaccumulation: Pollution in Japan from Ashio to Fukushima” UCLA Trans-Pacific Symposium, 6 June 2015.

“The Way of the Farmer: Agriculture, Empire, and Politics in 1930s Japan,” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 28 March 2015.

Invited talk. “Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan 1870-1950,” École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France, 4 February 2015.

“From ‘Imperial Agriculture’ to ‘Income Doubling’ the Postwar Japanese Agrarian Crisis,” Historical Materialism Annual Conference, London, 7 November 2014.

“Bad Water from Ashio to Fukushima,” (invited talk) UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, 17 October 2014.

“Money and Mercury: Minamata Disease and the Limits of Japanese Postwar Democracy,” (invited talk) Exposure and Effect, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, 12 October 2014.

“Post-fascism and the Agrarian Crisis,” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. March 2014.

Discussant. “Taiwan, China, and Japan: Can Taiwan Help?” Taiwan Inclusive: Trends, Opportunities, and Challenges, Miller Center, University of Virginia, 16 Nov 2013.

“State of the Field: Environmental History” (invited talk) Modern Japan Workshop, Columbia University, 19 Oct 2013.

“Prewar Japanese Anarchism and the Environmental Crisis.” American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) 2013 Conference, Toronto, Canada, 3-6 April 2013.

“Land, Life, and Lamarck: Prewar Japanese Anarchism and the Environmental Crisis.” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 2013.

“The Original Green Company: Snow Brand Dairy” (invited talk), Dept. of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, March 2013.

“The Afterlives of Japanese Feudalism.” Historical Materialism Ninth Annunal Conference: Weighs Like a Nightmare. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, Nov 8-11, 2012.

“Tosaka Jun and the Critique of Ideology.” Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting, Toronto, 17 March 2012.

“The Original Green Company: Snow Brand Dairy,” (invited talk). Dept. of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, 20 October 2011.

“Ishikawa Sanshirō’s ‘Dynamic Social Aesthetics’.” Historical Materialism Seventh Annual Conference: Crisis and Critique. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, 13 November 2010.

“Tosaka Jun and the ‘China Problem’ in Prewar Japanese Philosophy.” International Convention of Asian Scholars 6 (ICAS), Daejeon, Korea, 7 August 2009.

“Tosaka Jun’s ‘Space of Everydayness’ as Historical Materialism.” Historical Materialism Fifth Annual Conference: Many Marxisms. School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London, 8 November 2008.

“Ashio’s Hokkaido Legacy: Snow Brand Dairy,” (invited talk). Modern Japanese Workshop: Locating the Environment in Japanese History. Amherst College, 26 April 2008.

“Tosaka Jun’s ‘On Space’ and the Materialist View of History.’ AAS panel 54 “Re-reading Marxist Philosopher and Cultural Critic Tosaka Jun.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 4 April 2008.

“Nature over Nation: Tanaka Shōzō’s Fundamental River Law.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2 April 2005.

Awards and Fellowships

University of Virginia Sesquicentennial Fellowship, 2013

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Research Support, University of Virginia, Summer 2012

Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Research Fellow, Waseda University, Tokyo, 2008-9.

Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee, 2007-8

Japan Teaching Fellow, University of Chicago, 2005

Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago, 2003-4

Fulbright (IIE) Graduate Research Fellow (Japan), 2001-3

FLAS (Title VI) Japanese Fellowship, 1999-2000, renewed 2000-2001