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Last: Louis Masur, Jamie Pietruska, Mark Wasserman, David Greenberg, Alastair Bellany, Steven Reinert, Deborah Gray White, Norman Markowitz, John W. Chambers, Virginia Yans, Leah DeVun, Camilla Townsend, Sarolta Takacs, Don Roden


ImageDonald Roden

Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin, 1975

At Rutgers since 1975

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My work has focused mainly on the history of education in modern Japan, especially preparatory schools for the Imperial Universities.  I am also interested in problems related to gender and culture in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Japan.


  • 508:352  Japan’s Rise to World Power
  • 508:450  Society and Culture  in Japan
  • 506:112  Patterns in Civilization: Love (with Rudolph Bell)
  • 506:113  Patterns in Civilization: Death (with Rudolph Bell)
  • 506:401  History Seminar: Gender and Culture in Japan


  • Schooldays in Imperial Japan: A Study in the Culture of a Student Elite (University of California, 1980)
  • “Baseball and the Quest for National Dignity in Meiji Japan,” AHR (June 1980)
  • “Taisho Culture and the Problem of Gender Ambivalence” in Thomas Rimer, ed, Culture and Identity (Princeton University Press, 1990)
  • “Thoughts on the Early Meiji Gentleman” in Barbara Molony and Kathleen Uno, eds., Gendering Modern Japanese History (Harvard, 2005).

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