Program in Chinese History
Program in Japanese History
The Japanese history program at UCSB trains students in early modern, modern, and postwar Japanese history. We emphasize close reading of sources, critical historiography, and comparative conceptual and historical thinking. Our students work closely with other faculty in the Department of History as well as the faculty in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies. We pride ourselves on our collaborative spirit and our commitment to students’ whole selves.
The following faculty are in this field
- Anthony Barbieri‘s work focuses on Ancient China within a global antiquity framework. He has interests in the social, economic, legal, and material culture history of ancient China, with comparisons and connections to ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures.
- Xiaowei Zheng researches modern China with interests in local history of the Qing empire and early republican political culture, with a particular focus on the emergence of popular nationalism and the potential of republicanism. She is also attracted to revolutions, and takes a special interest in the historiography of comparative revolutions, constitutionalism, and democracy.
- Ya Zuois a cultural and intellectual historian of middle and late imperial China. Her interests broadly include the history of knowledge, Confucianism and Neo-Confucianism, sensory history, emotion studies, material culture studies, and interactions between China and the eastern Eurasian steppe.
- Kate McDonald researches the social, cultural, and technological history of mobility in twentieth century Japan and the Japanese Empire. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on modern and recent Japanese history, the history of infrastructure and ideology, and critical global history.
- Luke Roberts is an archival historian who researches early modern Japanese history with interests in regional history, microhistory and diverse themes of society, gender, political economy and political culture.
- Paul Spickard has research interests in ethnic minorities in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, as well as in Asian diasporas in the Americas, the Pacific, and Europe.
J. Elijah Bender, Assistant Professor of History, Concordia College
Erik Esselstrom, Professor of History, University of Vermont
Walter Grunden, Professor of History, Bowling Green State University
Sean Harrington, Instructor, Fusion Academy
Moonsil Leei Kim, Associate Professor of History, Rhode Island College
Ben Ma, Assistant Professor of History, University of Macau
Laura Nenzi, Professor of History, Emory University
Travis Seifman, Research Scholar, Tokyo University Historiographical Institute
Viktor Shmagin, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Williams College
Lily Welty Tamai, Lecturer of Asian American Studies, UCLA
Kirsten Ziomek, Associate Professor of History, Adelphi University