Spotlight on Scholars

Spotlight on Scholars

This page features scholars in the US and around the world who are researching a variety of Okinawa-related topics. Hopefully, the information on this page will facilitate connecting Okinawa researchers to increase solidarity and visibility of Okinawan Studies. We will keep expanding this list. If you would like to be listed in this directory, please send us your information in this questionnaire.

 

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Prof. Beata Bochorodycz

Institution: Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland)

Emailbochorod@amu.edu.pl

Website for Beata Bochorodycz 

Languages: English, Japanese, Polish

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Military bases, US-Japan alliance, Social movements

Recent Publications related to Okinawa

“Political Leadership and the Security Policy: Negotiations on the U.S. Military Bases in Okinawa Under the Murayama and Hashimoto Cabinets,” in Karol Zakowski, ed. Changing Determinants of Foreign Policy in East Asian Countries (Łódź: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego, 2017): 89-114.

“Social Movements in Okinawa Since 1945: Was the Reversion a Threshold in the Development of Civil Society?”, in Ina Hein and Isabelle Prochaska, eds. Negotiating the Okinawan Difference in Japan Today (Beiträge zur Japanologie 44) (Vienna: Universität Wien, 2015):  71-95.

“Higashi Ajia ni okeru shimin shakai: Okinawa jugon hogo undō o chūshin ni” [Civil Society in East Asia: Okinawa Dugong Protection Movement],” in Oga Toru, ed. Hokutō Ajia no shimin shakai: Tōki to chūtai [Civil society in North-East Asia: Entwurf and solidarity]. (Kokusai Shoin, 2013).「東アジアにおける地域市民社会―沖縄ジュゴン保護運動を中心に」『北東アジアの市民社会―投企と紐帯』国際書院.

 

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Dr. Tomoyoshi Doi

Institution: University of the Ryukyus

Email: doidom2018@gmail.com

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Languages: Japanese, English

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: History of Okinawa, Historical Sociology, Immigration Studies

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

"Forgetting the Creation of ‘Citizens’ in Okinawa under the U. S. Occupation: From a ‘Deportee’ perspective," presented at Research Institute for Islands and Sustainability, University of the Ryukyus (Webinar), February 23, 2021. 

「〈別の戦後日本〉としての琉球列島 ――非琉球人管理制度の成立過程を通して考える――」(『歴史学研究』第1015号、2021年10月増刊)135-144頁。

 

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Mr. Carl Gabrielson

Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara

Emailcontactcarlhere@gmail.com

Website for Carl Gabrielson

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: U.S. Military cultural education and cultural exchange programs in Japan

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“Welcome to Japan! How U.S. Marine Corps Orientation Materials Erase, Coopt, and Dismiss Local Resistance,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 26, no. 4 (December 2019). 

"在日米軍の「サムライファンタジー」と「子供扱い」:日本文化を変えて行く軍事的男性性" [The United States Forces Japan’s Samurai Fantasy and Childish Treatment: Reshaping Japanese Culture through Militarized Masculinity], presented at the School of Law and Economics, Okinawa University, July 26 and August 28, 2019.

“Kingdom, Colony, Ken, or Country? Okinawan History and the Politics of Difference,” presented at the Lakeland Lecture Series, Lakeland University Japan, March 19, 2019.

 

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Mr. Brandon Marc Higa

Institution: University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law

Emailhigabran@hawaii.edu

Website for Brandon Marc Higa

Twitter handle: @SalamanderEsq

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Dissertation (working title): Hiroji Yamashiro’s Arrest & Detention: Exploring Japan’s Freedom of Speech and Peaceful Assembly Rights within the Context of National Security and Okinawa’s Anti-War Movement

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“Okinawa and Human Rights Scholarship in the Law and Japan Field: A Bibliographic Compilation,” Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal 22, no. 1 (2020) (forthcoming).

“Unpacking Okinawa’s ‘Suitcase Murder’: Expanded Japanese Criminal Jurisdiction of U.S. Civilian Contractors Under the 2017 SOFA Supplemental Agreement,” Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal 21, no. 2 (2020).

 

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Dr. Pedro Iacobelli

Institution: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Emailiacobelli.pedro@gmail.com

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Language: English, Japanese, Spanish; French; Polish (basic)

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Postwar migration to South America

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa: Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan and the Ryukyu Islands (2017)

 

 

Ms. Sam Ikehara

Ms. Sam Ikehara

Institution: University of Southern California

Emailsikehara@usc.edu

Twitter handle: @samikehara

Language: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Legacies of war and empire in Okinawa, the racialization of Okinawan people, memories of the Battle of Okinawa, Okinawan conceptions of peace, environmental justice in Okinawa

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa: "The Sound of Peace: Noise Pollution and an Okinawan Poetics of Wind," article in progress. Panelist on "Antimilitarism in the Pacific Islands."

 

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Dr. Kei Kohagura

Dr. Kei Kohagura

Institution: Okinawa International University

Emailkei.kohagura@gmail.com

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Languages: Japanese, English

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Historical Sociology, Modern and Contemporary History of Okinawa

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

前田勇樹、古波藏契、秋山道宏編『つながる沖縄近現代史:沖縄のいまを考えるための一五章と二〇のコラム』ボーダーインク、2021年11月

「沖縄戦後史研究における「島ぐるみ」の問題」『歴史学研究』 (1006) 2021年2月

米国は一九六五年の宮古農民「暴動」をどう見たか」『沖縄文化研究』 (47) 2020年3月

平恒次の沖縄自立論」『明治学院大学社会学部付属研究所年報』 (49) 2019年3月

 

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Mr. Yuki Maeda

Dr. Yuki Maeda

Institution: University of The Ryukyus

Emailymaeda@jim.u-ryukyu.ac.jp

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Languages: Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: History of Ryukyu Islands

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

前田勇樹『沖縄初期県政の政治と社会』榕樹書林、2021年4月

前田勇樹、古波藏契、秋山道宏編『つながる沖縄近現代史:沖縄のいまを考えるための一五章と二〇のコラム』ボーダーインク、2021年11月

 

 

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Dr. Asako Masubuchi

Institution: Doshisha University

Email: aaco.msb@gmail.com

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Languages: Japanese, English

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Cold War Studies, Transpacific Studies, Okinawa History

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

"Stamping Out the ‘Nation-Ruining Disease’: Anti-Tuberculosis Campaigns in US-Occupied Okinawa," Social History of Medicine, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2021, Pages 1116–1137.

“Nursing the U.S. Occupation: Okinawan Public Health Nurses in U.S.-Occupied Okinawa.” In Pedro Iacobelli and Hiroko Matsuda, eds. Beyond American occupation: Race and Agency in Okinawa, 1945-2015. Lexington Books (Rowman and Littlefield).

 

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Dr. Stanislaw Meyer

Institution: Jagiellonian University

Emailstan.meyer@uj.edu.pl

Website for Stanislaw Meyer

Languages: English, Polish

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Meiji Okinawa

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

"Between a Forgotten Colony and an Abandoned Prefecture: Okinawa’s Experience of Becoming Japanese in the Meji and Taishō Eras," The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus 18, no. 20 (2020).

 

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Ms. Akiko Mori

Institution: Doshisha University

Emailakikom80@hotmail.co.jp

Website for Akiko Mori

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

Migration from Okinawa to Micronesia under Japanese Rule, Settler Colonialism, Memories of the WW2

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“A History of the Excluded : Rethinking Sugar Industry in the Northern Mariana Islands under Japanese rule”, Historische Anthropologie, vol.27, (2019).

 

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Dr. Chihiro Narita

Institution: Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University

Email: narita.chihiro.24m@gmail.com

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Languages: Japanese, Korean

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Postwar History of Okinawa, History of East Asian International Relations

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

『沖縄返還と東アジア冷戦体制―琉球/沖縄の帰属・基地問題の変容』(人文書院、2020年)

 

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Dr. Shoko Oshiro

Institution: Okinawa International University

Emailptt987@okiu.ac.jp

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Languages: English, Japanese, Thai

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa: Colonialism, self-determination, Indigenous rights, land rights, right of return, US military base issues, peace philosophy etc

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

「現代における先住民族居住地の軍事的再植民地化―ハワイ、ディエゴガルシア、沖縄」大阪大学博士論文(2019年2月)

 

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Dr. Travis Seifman

Institution: University of Tokyo Historiographical Institution

Emailseifman@hi.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Website for Travis Seifman

Twitter handle: @toranosukev

LanguagesEnglish, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to OkinawaMA Art History thesis and PhD dissertation on Ryukyu Kingdom's embassies to Edo (1644-1850). Also currently working on projects looking at the kingdom's embassy to Tokyo in 1872, and at various themes and topics related to the history of Shuri castle across the 20th-21st centuries.

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

“Displaying Foreignness for Prestige: Lūchūan Embassy Processions in Early Modern Japan, 1644-1850” in Richard Morris (ed.), Crossing Boundaries: Festival and Diplomatic Encounters in the Early Modern World, Brepols Publishing (forthcoming).

“The loss of Shuri castle is a devastating blow for the people of Okinawa”, Apollo International Art Magazine  (November 2019).

“Islands of the Imagination: Hokusai's Eight Views of Ryūkyū” Andon 106 (December 2018).

 

 

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Dr. Annmaria Shimabuku

Institution: New York University

Emailannmaria.shimabuku@nyu.edu

Website for Annmaria Shimbuku 

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

Postwar miscegenation, postcolonial feminism, Ifa Fuyu, Okinawan Literature

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa:

Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life (Fordham University Press).

 

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Dr, Shinnosuke Takahashi

Dr. Shinnosuke Takahashi

Institution: Victoria University of Wellington

Email: shin.takahashi@vuw.ac.nz

Website for Shinnosuke Takahashi

Languages: English, Japanese, Korean

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

History of Post-WWII anti-US military movement

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

Transpacific Visions: Connected Histories of the Pacific across North and South; Memories of struggles: Translocal lives in okinawan anti-base activism; Beyond Minority History: Okinawa Korea People’s Solidarity and Internationalization of the Okinawa Struggle; 媒介(カタリスト)としての「沖縄戦後史」 : 新崎盛暉著『私の沖縄現代史』を中心に

 

 

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Dr. Marco Tinello

Institution: Kanagawa University

Emailft102060va@kanagawa-u.ac.jp

Website for Marco Tinello

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

The annexation of Ryukyu to Japan from a longer and broader perspective

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

”Senhappyakurokuju nendai ni okeru Tokugawa bakufu ni yoru Ryukyu no ichiduke: bakufu ga Igirisu seifu ni teishutsu shita 'hensho' to hokokusho wo chushin ni" [The Tokugawa bakufu's definition of the Ryukyus' status in the 1860s centered on the reply and reports handed to the British government], Toyo-shi kenkyu 78, no.3 (2019): 72-103. 一八六〇年代における徳川幕府による琉球の位置付けー幕府がイギリス政府に提出した「返書」と報告書を中心にー, 東洋史研究.

 

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Prof. Gabriele Vogt

Institution: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU Munich)

Email: gabriele.vogt@lmu.de

Website for Gabriele Vogt

Twitter handle: @gabriele_vogt

Languages: English, Japanese, German

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

Local politics, social movements, civic engagement in contemporary Okinawa

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

Hijino, Ken Victor Leonard and Gabriele Vogt (2021): Identity politics in Okinawan elections: The emergence of regional populism. In: Japan Forum, 33:1, pp. 50-76, DOI: 10.1080/09555803.2019.1646784 (online since 10 Sep. 2019)

Vogt, Gabriele (2018): Political Protest from the Periphery: Social Movements and Global Citizenship in Okinawa. In: Chiavacci, David; Obinger, Julia (eds.): Social Movements and Political Activism in Contemporary Japan: Re-emerging from Invisibility. London: Routledge (The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture), pp. 71–92.

Vogt, Gabriele (2015): Setting Out to Imagine a New Community: Okinawa's Reversion to Japan. In: Hein, Ina; Prochaska-Meyer, Isabelle (eds.): 40 Years Since Reversion. Negotiating the Okinawa Difference in Japan Today. Wien: Japanologie am Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften der Universität Wien. pp. 44-70.

Vogt, Gabriele (2003): Die Renaissance der Friedensbewegung in Okinawa. Innen- und außenpolitische Dimensionen 1995-2000. München: Iudicium.

 

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Ms. Charmaine Willis

Institution: University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)

Emailcwillis@albany.edu

Website for Charmaine Willis

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

My dissertation project explores why some communities that host foreign or domestic military forces witness more opposition than others, focusing on communities in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines. In Japan, I focus on Okinawa (looking at both the struggles against the Henoko construction and the helipad construction in Takae) and Yokosuka.

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

"Framing the Conversation: the US Military and Anti-US-Base Activism in Japan." International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (2021)

Japanese Politics Online Seminar Series (2021). "US Base Politics." POS 499: International Politics of East Asia, University of Maine, November 2020.

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Prof. Kirsten Ziomek

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Institution: Adelphi University

Emailkziomek@adelphi.edu

Website for Kirsten Ziomek

Languages: English, Japanese

Ongoing Research/Project related to Okinawa:

In my first book, Lost Histories, I discuss four groups of colonial peoples in the Japanese empire: the Ainu, Micronesians, Okinawans, and Indigenous Taiwanese. I tell the life histories of several individuals through an array of sources including: visual imagery, material objects, oral histories and interviews, and colonial documents within and without the colonial archives. For those particularly interested in the Okinawan colonial experience, Chapter 1 discusses the 1903 Human Pavilion (人類館) and the two Okinawan women displayed there, Nakamura Kame and Ushihara Ume. Chapter 6 “Two Coconuts and a Bonito Stick” is centered on Micronesia but I foreground the experiences of Okinawan immigrants within a larger discussion of the lived experiences of specific Palauan and Saipanese individuals. Chapter 8 “A Mountain of Bones” is about two Ainu soldiers’ experiences of war, including Teshi Toyoji, who fought in the Battle of Okinawa and forged friendships with the Okinawan people during the war. He was part of the effort in the postwar period to build the Nanboku no tō(南北の塔)memorial which commemorates the soldiers from Hokkaido, including thirty-nine Ainu soldiers, and local residents of Maehira who died during the Battle of Okinawa. I am currently writing a second book titled: The disorder of killing in the Pacific War: the colonial soldiers, forced laborers and local peoples at the Japanese empire’s edge. In it, I aim to transform the way we write military history in terms of who the subject of the story is, how these histories are narrated and the kinds of evidence used to reconstruct these histories. I center the narrative on Japan's colonial soldiers, forced laborers, and the local populations coopted into performing labor for the military throughout various battle sites across the Pacific, including the Philippines, Saipan, Okinawa, Attu, and New Guinea, as well as the forced labor sites throughout Hokkaido.

Recent Publications/Lectures related to Okinawa

Editor, The Japanese Empire: Colonial Lives and Postcolonial Struggles. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (2013).

The 1903 Human Pavilion: Colonial Realities and Subaltern Subjectivities in Twentieth-Century Japan.” The Journal of Asian Studies 73(2): 493–516 (2014).

Lost Histories: Recovering the Lives of Japan’s Colonial Peoples. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center (2019).