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.
COURSES REGULARLY TAUGHT
- 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).