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Benjamin Uchiyama

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - History
Assistant Professor
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University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard, 3650 Wescoe Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Modern Japan; 20th century social and cultural history; war mobilization; Japanese colonialism.

Teaching Interests

  • Japan

Research Interests

  • Modern Japan
  • Empire
  • Colonialism
  • Total war

Research Profile:

Benjamin Uchiyama (Ph.D. University of Southern California, 2013; A.M. Harvard University, 2005; B.A. University of California, Davis, 2001) studies modern Japan, focusing on the social and cultural history of wartime Japan during the 1930s and 1940s. He is currently working on a book manuscript, Carnival War:  A Cultural History of Wartime Japan, 1937–1945, which explores the intersection between imperialism and mass culture through five media constructs during the Asia-Pacific War. His other research interests include Japanese colonialism, history and memory of World War II in East Asia, and urban legends in interwar Japan.

Recent Courses:

  • HIST 398: Introduction to Japanese History
  • HIST 588: Modern Japan, 1853–1945
  • HIST 589: Japan Since 1945

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