• Donald Roden
  • Donald Roden
  • Associate Professor Emeritus of History
  • Degree: Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin, 1975
  • Rutgers : At Rutgers from 1975-2019
  • Specialty: Modern Japan: History of Education and Gender






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).