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Samurai in Parade in Kyoto

contact information
Title Professor of History

Office Hours

Wednesdays 10:00-12:00, Thursdays 11:00-12:00 and by appointment.

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Mailing Address: Department of History
CSU, Sacramento
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6059

Saigo Takamori Statue from Ueno Park

courses ::


  • History 6: Asian Civilizations (MoWe 1:30 - 2:45 PM) syllabus - PDF
  • History 146B: Modern Japan, 1800-present   (TuTh 1:30 - 2:45 PM) syllabus - PDF
  • HRS 174: Modern Japanese Literature and Culture (Tu 6:00 - 8:50 PM) syllabus - PDF


FALL 2016

  • History 6: Asian Civilizations
  • History 146A: Cultural History of Japan to 1800
  • History 192C: Seminar in Recent Interpretations of Asian History


  • History 6: Asian Civilizations
  • History 146B: Modern Japan, 1800-present  
  • History 146C: The History of Manga



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education ::

Ph.D. History - University of Hawaii

M.A. Asian Studies - University of Michigan

B.A. East Asian Studies - Colby College

Research Scholar - Kyoto Gakuen Daigaku

Research Student - Waseda University

Drawing of Kamishibai performance

publications ::

A Brief History of Benshi. About Japan: A Teacher's Resource.

Kamishibai: What is it? Some Preliminary Findings, Kamishibai for Kids.

Benshi, Japanese Silent Film Narrators, and Their Forgotten Narrative Art of Setsumei: A History of Japanese Silent Film Narration. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003.

"Tokugawa Musei: A Portrait Sketch of One of Japan's Greatest Narrative Artists." In In Praise of Film Studies: Essays and Translations in Honor of Makino Mamoru, edited by Aaron Gerow and Abe Markus Nornes. Yokohama: Kinema Club, 2001.

"Benshi and the Introduction of Motion Pictures to Japan." Monumenta Nipponica, 55:4 (Winter 2000): 509-536. (Also available at About Japan).

Award Laurel

videos ::

Cambodia's Other Lost City: French Colonial Phnom Penh

Gold Medal, International Movie Awards, 2014.

Die for Japan: A Look at Japanese Propaganda Kamishibai (Paper Plays)

What is Kamishibai?

Kamishibai in the Classroom


Mt. Fuji Sunrise and Summit, June 22, 2011

History 140 / Asia 140 Modern East Asian Cinema Promo

What Makes You Happy?

Kamishibai of film production


Sesshu print of winter


reviews ::

Heritage Politics: Shuri Castle and Okinawa’s Incorporation into Modern Japan, 1879-2000, by Tze May Loo.  In The Public Historian 37.3 (2015): 146-148.

Nuclear Apartheid: The Quest for American Atomic Supremacy from World War II to the Present, by Shane J. Maddock. In Canadian Journal of History 46 (Autumn 2011).

North Korea Kidnapped My Daughter, by Yokota Sakie. In North Korean Review 6.1 (2010).

The Cinema of Naruse Mikio: Women and Japanse Modernity, by Catherine Russell. In Pacific Affairs 82:3 (Winter 2009/2010): 726-727.

Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization, by Ian Condry. In Canadian Journal of History 42 (Winter 2007): 581-583.

Traditional Japanese Arts and Culture: An Illustrated Sourcebook, edited by Stephen Addiss, Gerald Groemer, and J. Thomas Rimer. In Education About Asia 12:3 (2007): 71.

Tolerance, Suspicion, and Hostility: Changing U.S. Attitudes toward the Japanese Communist Movement, 1944-1977, by Henry Oinas-Kukkonen.   In American Communist History 4:1 (2005).

Native American in the Land of the Shogun: Ranald MacDonald and the Opening of Japan, by Frederik L. Schodt. In Canadian Journal of History 39 (August 2004): 446-448.

The Human Tradition in Modern Japan, edited by Anne Walthall. In Journal of World History 15: 1 (March 2004): 99-101.

Japan: A Modern History, by James L. McClain. In The Historian 65: 5 (Winter 2003): 1214-1215.

Wonju: The Gettysburg of the Korean War, by J. D. Coleman. In The Historian 64: 3 & 4 (Spring and Summer 2002): 787-788.

Writing in Light: The Silent Scenario and the Japanese Pure Film Movement, by Joanne Bernardi. In Monumenta Nipponica, 56:3 (Autumn 2001): 430-432.

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professional associations ::

last updated:1/19/2016