Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
ProfileProfessor Shirane specializes in modern Japanese history, especially Japan's empire, colonial Taiwan, and Chinese-Japanese relations.
His research and teaching interests focus on questions of war, empire, migration, and nationalism. He is currently working on a book manuscript that examines colonial Taiwan as a regional center for Japan's imperial expansion into South China and Southeast Asia from 1895 to 1945.
Born in Tokyo and a native of New York City, Professor Shirane has studied and worked several years in Japan, China, and Taiwan. His research has received the support of Fulbright, the Social Science and Research Council, and Princeton's Institute for International and Regional Studies.
EducationB.A., Yale UniversityPh.D., Princeton University
Courses TaughtModern Japan
War in Modern East Asia
Research InterestsEmpire, War, Migration, Colonial Education, Historical Memory, Chinese-Japanese Relations
Mediated Empire: Colonial Taiwan in Japan's Imperial Expansion into South China and Southeast Asia, 1895–1945(book manuscript in progress)