Seiji Shirane

Assistant Professor

Main Affiliation


Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs

Asian Studies Program


NAC 5/135



Seiji Shirane


On leave Fall 2015-Spring 2016 

(SSRC-JSPS Visiting Researcher at the University of Tokyo, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia).

Professor Shirane specializes in modern Japanese history with a focus on Japan's empire, colonial Taiwan, and Chinese-Japanese relations. 

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, Social Science and Research Council, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and Princeton's Institute for International and Regional Studies.


B.A., Yale University

Ph.D., Princeton University

Courses Taught

Modern Japan
Traditional Japan
War in Modern East  Asia 

Japanese Empire
Chinese-Japanese Relations

Research Interests

Empire, 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)