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Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies Program

Modern Japanese History
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities
Ph.D. University of Oregon, 2014
MA University of Oregon, 2008
BA University of Oregon, 2007
BA Oregon State University, 2005
BA Oregon State University, 2005
Research Interests
Modern Japanese history, colonialism, architecture, urban planning, film, pop culture.
About Me
​I am an historian of Modern Japan, focusing on urban and environmental history. My book manuscript, Empire by Design: Tokyo and the Building of Japanese Modernity, charts the respacing of the built environment of Tokyo under the process of Japanese state-formation and empire-building in the late 19th-early 20th centuries. Prior to joining Nagoya University in 2022, I held teaching and research positions at Pacific University, Yale University, the University of British Columbia, Harvard University, and Bowdoin College. In 2017-2018, I organized and hosted the UBC Meiji at 150 Project with the collaboration of colleagues in the Centre for Japanese Research, Department of Asian Studies, the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, the Museum of Anthropology, and the Asian Library at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. As part of this project I co-curated, edited, and constructed the Meiji at 150 Digital Teaching Resource, compiling over a dozen visual essays by scholars from Japan and North America highlighting digitized materials related to Japanese history at UBC. I also hosted and produced the Meiji at 150 Podcast, featuring interviews with prominent scholars of Japanese history, literature, and cultural studies from around the globe.
Tristan R. GRUNOW


Graduate School of Humanities/School of Humanities

〒464-8601 名古屋市千種区不老町

Furōchō, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya 464-8601 Japan

People: Tristan R.GRUNOW, Kristina IWATA-WEICKGENANNT, MA Ran

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