AAS Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) Japan Studies Grant Awardees

For further information, please visit the NEAC Japan Studies Grants page.

The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Japan Studies Grants. The NEAC Japan Studies grant programs are made possible by the generous support of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.


Spring 2018 Grant Awards

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Elise M. Edwards, Butler University, “Nadeshiko Japan’s Pioneers: Reflecting on Soccer, Identity and Life Course”
  • James D. Homsey, Independent Scholar, “Warriors and Workers: Reservist Army Reform Officers as the Architects of Populist Nationalist Workers’ Organizations in Interwar Japan”
  • Jacques E.C. Hymans, University of Southern California, “The Political Economy of Geothermal Energy in Japan”
  • Micheal Jin, University of Illinois at Chicago, “Voices of the Unredressed: Japanese American Atomic Bomb Survivors in the Cold War Pacific”
  • Yuki Miyamoto, DePaul University, “Otherwise Than This World: Environmental Ethics form Minamata after Fukushima”
  • Kari Shepherdson-Scott, Macalester College, “ A Model of Militarism: (Re)Constructing Battle in Japanese Wartime Expositions, 1931-1945”
  • Cindi Textor, University of Utah, “Anatomies of Incoherence: “Zainichi” Writers and the Burden to Represent”
  • Sahoko Sato Timpone, Florida State University, “Research on Songs of Japonisme-Early Twentieth Century Art Songs Inspired by Japan”
  • Yasuko Tsuchikane, The Cooper Union, “Dōmoto Inshō and the “Sacred Art World”: the Making of Modern Temple Art in the Twentieth Century”
  • Miya Qiong Xie, Dartmouth College, “The Literary Territorialization of Manchuria: Frontier Literature and Modern Identities in East Asia”

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

  • Andrew Edmund Goble, University of Oregon, “Building Ōsaka: Urban and Social Dynamics across Fifteen Centuries”
  • Daniel M. Smith, Harvard University, “Harvard Conference on Japanese Politics”


Fall 2017 Grant Awards

Research Travel Within the USA

  • Kirsten Ziomek, Adelphi University, “Condoned Savagery: The Untold Stories of the First Unit of the Taiwanese Aborigine Volunteer Army in the Philippines, 1942”

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Noriko Horiguchi, University of Tennessee, “The Devouring Empire: Food Narratives and Memories in Modern Japan”
  • James Orr, Bucknell University, “Chofu Little League and Japan Youth Baseball from Late 1960s to the 1980s”

Seminars on Teaching About Japan

  • Naomi Geyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The 27th Annual Conference of the Central Association of Teachers of Japanese”
  • Setsuko Noguchi, Princeton University, “Japanese Rare Book Workshop on Edo Hanpon”
  • Nako Nozu, University of South Florida, “2018 Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) Conference”

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

  • Ann Sherif, Oberlin College, “27th Conference of the Association for Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS) at Oberlin College”
  • Robert Tierney, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, “Exploring Waka Culture Across Genres, Media, and Periods”
  • Hitomi Tonomura, University of Michigan, “The University of Michigan Medieval Komonjo Workshop”


Spring 2017 Grant Awards

Research Travel Within the USA

  • Tomomi Yamaguchi, Montana State University, “The “History Wars” and the Japanese Right-wing in the U.S.: The Controversy over the “Comfort Woman” Statue in Glendale, CA”

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Andrea Gevurtz Arai, University of Washington, “U-Turn, I-Turn: Creating Alternative Livelihoods and Communities in Japan”
  • Shawn Bender, Dickinson College, “Iterating Welfare Robotics: Paro, HAL, and the Packaging of Care in Japan”
  • Kristina Buhrman, Florida State University, “The Transmission of Waves: The Circulation of Local Disaster Information in the Heian Period”
  • Sabine Fruhstuck, University of California-Santa Barbara, “Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan”
  • Hansun Hsiung, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, “Reflections on the Revolution in Franch [sic]: Marxism, Modernization, and the Meiji Restoration as Global Intellectual History”
  • Dong Hoon Kim, University of Oregon, “From the Imperial Metropole to the Colonial Countryside: Kamishibai in Colonial Korea”
  • Robin M. LeBlanc, Washington and Lee University, “The Beautifully Poor Public: A Book Project”
  • Tamaki Maeda, Independent Scholar, “Japan’s Visual Dialogue with China, 1895-1930s (book project)”
  • Satoko Shimazaki, University of Southern California, “Woodblock Printing and the Construction of the Actor’s Voice”

Seminars on Teaching About Japan

  • Fay Beauchamp, Japan Studies Association, “Okinawa Workshop: Identity, History and Culture”

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

  • Elizabeth D. Lublin, Wayne State University, “Midwest Japan Seminar”
  • Fabio Rambelli, University of California-Santa Barbara, “Repositioning Shugendō: New Research Directions on Japanese Mountain Religion”

Fall 2016 Grant Awards

Research Travel Within the USA

  • Sherry Fowler, University of Kansas, “Icon, Identity, and Collection: Japanese Buddhist Printed Images”
  • Elizabeth Dorn Lublin, Wayne State University, “A Foreigner Among Japan’s Cigarette Kingpins: Edward James Parrish and the Role of American Tobacco in the Development of the Meiji Tobacco Industry”

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Alexander R. Bay, Chapman University, “Nation from the Bottom Up: Environmental Hygiene and Disease Prevention in Modern Japan”
  • Kelly Anne Hammond, University of Arkansas, “China’s Muslims and Japan’s Empire”
  • Brian Hurley, Syracuse University, “Reading the Aesthetics of Thought: Literature and Ideas in Japan’s Long 1930s”
  • Justin Jesty, University of Washington, “Hospitality as Vernacular Performance in Contemporary Japanese Art”
  • Sho Konishi, University of Oxford, “The Play of Virtues: A Transnational Intellectual History of Revolutionary Losers”
  • Namiko Kunimoto, Ohio State University, “The Art of Conversion in Japanese Postwar Photography”
  • Trent Maxey, Amherst College, “The Spatial History of Automobility in Hachioji, Japan”
  • Noriko T. Reider, Miami University, “Yamauba Versus Oni-Women: Devouring and Helping Yamauba are Two Sides of One Coin”
  • Erik Ropers, Towson University, “Visualizing and Remembering the Hanaoka Massacre in Print”

Seminars on Teaching About Japan

  • Victoria Lyon Bestor, NCC, “Doing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies, A Workshop for Librarians”

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

  • Kate McDonald, University of California - Santa Barbara; David R. Ambaras, North Carolina State University; Leo Ching, Duke University; Maren Ehlers, University of North Carolina-Charlotte; Simon Partner, Duke University, “Bodies and Structures: Deep-Mapping the Spaces of Modern Japanese History”
  • Lori Meeks, University of Southern California, “Buddhist Statecraft in East Asia: A Conference of Storytellers”
  • Todd Munson, Randolph-Macon College, “Conference on Japanese Mathematics of the Tokugawa Period “
  • Nobuko Yamasaki, Lehigh University, “Inaugural Workshop on Zainichi Literary Studies”


Spring 2016 Grant Awards

Research Travel Within the USA

  • Serena Yang, University of California-Davis, “‘John Cage Shock’ and its Aftermath in Japan”

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Yoko Sakuma Crume, Independent Researcher,  “Japanese Development and Utilization of Cutting-edge Assistive Technology: Implications to Rapidly Aging World”
  • Kathryn E. Goldfarb, University of Colorado-Boulder, “Relational Futures: Material Ties in  Japanese State Care”
  • Kota Inoue, Washington State University, “Local History of Fukushima Daiichi Siting”
  • Meghan Jones, Alfred University, “Tomimoto Kenkichi and Contemporary Japanese Ceramics”
  • Maki Kaneko, University of Kansas, “‘Vernacular’ Avant-Gardist: Munakata Shikō in the Cold-War Geopolitics”
  • Robin Kietlinski, LaGuardia Community College (City University of New York), “‘Connecting to Tomorrow’: Nationalism and Collective Memory of the Tokyo Olympics”
  • Diane Wei Lewis, Washington University in St. Louis, “‘Crystal Palace on the Sumida River’: Nikkatsu Mukōjima’s Glass Studio”
  • Bridget Love, University of Oklahoma, “Sustainability in Japan’s Endangered Regions”
  • Yoko Nishimura, University of Pennsylvania, “Excavation Projects at Two Jōmon Sites and Data Collection”
  • Chari Pradel, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, “The Illustrated Legend of Hasedera: Religious and Political Agendas”
  • Michael Raine, Western University, “No Interpreter, Full Volume: The Benshi Strike and the Transition to Recorded Sound in Japanese Cinemas”
  • Stephanie Su, Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture, “Entangled Modernities: China, Classicism and the Origin of Japanese Art”
  • J. Keith Vincent, Boston University, “A Haiku Friendship: Shiki and Soseki”

Seminars on Teaching About Japan

  • Yurika Kurakata, University of Washington, “What You Need to Know about Japan Since 1945, A Seminar on Teaching about Japan”

Fall 2015 Grant Awards

Research Travel Within the USA

  • Robert Hegwood, University of Pennsylvania, “The Social Foundations for Growth: Nikkei Brokers and Japan in the Global Imaginary, 1930-65”
  • Lianying Shan, Gustavus Adolphus College, “The Repatriate and its Other: Postwar Japanese Literature on Manchuria”

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Kuniko Ashizawa, American University, “Japan’s Engagement in Central Asia: Regionalization and the Role of External Actors”
  • Kjell Ericson, Yale University, “Cultivating Pearl Economies: Japanese Imperial Coastlines and the Legal Limits of Nature, 1880-1970”
  • Nathan Hopson, Nagoya University, “People and Nations are Built on Food”
  • Laura Lee, Florida State University, “Manga Without the Media Mix: Cultures of Portability and Transportability Before Television”
  • Youngmi Lim, Lehman College and New York City College of Technology-City University of New York, “Becoming Japanese: Contested Meanings of Race and Nationality at the Crossroads of Backlash Politics in Contemporary Japan”
  • Kerry Smith, Brown University, “Saving Tokyo from Itself”
  • Natsuko Tsujimura, Indiana University, “Language and Identity-Building in Japanese Recipes”

Seminars on Teaching About Japan

  • Tokiko Y. Bazzell, University of Hawaii at Manoa Library, “Seminars and a Lecture on Early Japanese Prints by Dr. Takahiro Sasaki of Keio University”
  • Yoko Kano, UNC-Wilmington, “The 30th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ)”

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

  • Philip C. Brown, The Ohio State University, “Water and Human Survival in Historical Perspective: Japan”
  • Kevin Carr, University of Michigan, “Reassessing kodai: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Approaches to the Cultural History of Early Japan and Its Historiography”
  • Reiko Tachibana, Pennsylvania State University, “Association of Japanese Literary Studies (AJLS) Conference on Word/Image/Japan”
  • Jolyon Thomas, University of Pennsylvania, “What Isn’t Shinto? Understanding Shinto through Its Others”

Spring 2015 Grant Awards

Research Travel within the USA

  • Walter E. Grunden, Bowling Green State University, "Physicists and Fellow Travelers: Willoughby's Anti-Communist Crusade against Scientists in Occupied Japan"
  • Mire Koikari, University of Hawaii, "Gender, Militarism, and Nationalism in Post-3.11 Disaster Japan"

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Seth Jacobowitz, Yale University, "Brazil in the Japanese Imperial Imagination: Immigrant Literature and Global Modernity, 1908-1941"
  • Miriam Kingsberg, University of Colorado-Boulder, "Japan's Transwar Generation: Human Scientists and the Twentieth-Century Nation"
  • Ann-Elise Lewallen, University of California-Santa Barbara, "Nuclear Exposed": Global Civil Society and Embodied Solidarity in Japan and Beyond"
  • Mamiko Suzuki, University of Utah, "Gendered Power in Meiji Women's Education (1890-1911)"
  • John D. Swain, University of California-Irvine, "21st Century Feminist, Playwright Nagai Ai"
  • Merry I. White, Boston University, "Technology, Technique and Culture in Japanese Food Work"
  • Noell Wilson, University of Mississippi, "Japanese Port of Call: Yokohama's Support of American Whalers in the North Pacific, 1856-1871"

Seminars on Teaching About Japan

  • Victoria Lyon Bestor, North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources (NCC), "Doing Digital Scholarship in Japanese Studies"

Instructional Materials

  • Kyoko Masuda, Georgia Institute of Technology, "Development of Japanese Extensive Reading Courses and Film Studies at Gatech"
  • Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies
  • Michael Emmerich, University of California-Los Angeles, "Wahon Literacy Workshop"
  • Katherine Saltzman-Li, University of California-Santa Barbara, "War and Remembrance: Cultural Imprints of Japan's Samurai"

Fall 2014 Grant Awards

Research Travel within the USA

  • Rika Saito, Western Michigan University, "Searching for Rare Documentation on Feminist Critic Waka Yamada in Pacific Coast Archives"
  • Blair Williams, University of Minnesota, "Recovery Through Sport: The Role of Baseball in Renewing Occupied Japan"

Short-term Research Travel to Japan

  • Jessamyn R. Abel, Pennsylvania State University, "Bullet Train to a New City"
  • Jonathan E. Abel, Pennsylvania State University, "The New Real: Media, Marketing, and Mimesis Made in Japan"
  • Michael P. Cronin, College of William and Mary, "Treasonous City: Osaka in the Transwar Japanese Imaginary"
  • Matthew R. Dubroff, Hampden-Sydney College, "Noh Change in Time"
  • Faye Yuan Kleeman, University of Colorado-Boulder, "Desire, Pleasure and the "Popular": Genre Fiction in Transnational Context"
  • Margherita Long, University of California-Riverside, "On Being Worthy of the Event: Iwakami Yasumi and the Stoics of Fukushima Prefecture"
  • Jonathan M. Reynolds, Barnard College/Columbia University, "On the Margins of Modernism: The Architecture of Shirai Seiichi"
  • Jeremy Robinson, Grand Valley State University, "The Aesthetics of Humor in Heian Poetry"

Seminars on Teaching about Japan

  • Hiroaki Kawamura, (OATJ), University of Findlay, "Connection: ACTFL 5C and Beyond"

Instructional Materials

  • Meghen Jones and Eva Sclippa, Alfred University, "Instructional Materials for Courses related to the Arts of Japan at Alfred University-Spring 2015"
  • Ann Pelelo, Clarke University, "Scholars (Honors) Seminar 2" materials

Small Scholarly Conferences on Japanese Studies

  • Stephen Covell, Western Michigan University, "Against Insularity: Moving Beyond 'Japanese Religions'"
  • Raechel Dumas, University of Colorado-Boulder, "Transnationalism and its Discontents: Exploring Critical Approaches to Border-space"
  • Robert Hellyer, Wake Forest University, "The Civil Wars of Japan's Meiji Restoration & National Reconciliation: Global Historical Perspectives"
  • Shota Ogawa, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Environmentalism, Network Society, and Independent Cinema in Japan"
  • Etsuyo Yuasa, Namiko Kunimoto, Mineharu Nakayama, Kerim Yasar, The Ohio State University, Manga Symposia, "Manga at a Crossroads"