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Nadia Kanagawa

Assistant Professor, History and Asian Studies

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Nadia Kanagawa was born in San Diego, CA and raised in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in history and then traveled to Yokohama, Japan to join the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies’ 10-month training program. After completing the IUC program, she joined Google's Tokyo office where she spent three years before returning to the U.S. and to academia. She comes to Furman from the University of Southern California, where she specialized in premodern Japanese history. She received a Japan Foundation dissertation grant to spend a year in Japan completing her dissertation research. Her work examines how the seventh- through ninth-century Japanese realm approached the incorporation, assimilation and configuration of immigrants and their descendants.

Honors

  • Harvard Reischauer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018-2019 (declined)
  • University of Southern California Provost’s Ph.D. Fellowship, 2010-2016
  • Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2014-2015

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Southern California
  • M.A., University of Southern California
  • B.A. with distinction, Yale University. Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Publications

​​Book Chapter

  • 2020 “East Asia’s First World War, 643-668,” in East Asia in the World: Twelve Events That Shaped the Modern International Order, edited by David Kang and Stephan Haggard, Cambridge University Press.
  • 2017 “Approach and Be Transformed: Immigrants in the Nara and Heian State” in Hapa Japan: Constructing Global Mixed Race and Mixed Roots Japanese Identities and Representations, ed. Duncan Ryuken Williams, Ito Center Editions, an imprint of Kaya Press, January 2017.

Translations

  • 2017 “Japanese International Marriages (Kokusai Kekkon): A Longue Durée History, from Early Modern Japan to Imperial Japan,” by Itsuko Kamoto in Hapa Japan: Constructing Global Mixed Race and Mixed Roots Japanese Identities and Representations, ed. Duncan Ryuken Williams, Ito Center Editions, an imprint of Kaya Press, January 2017.

Web-Based Publications

  • 2017 “Immigrants, Outsiders, and the Outside World in the Yōrō Administrative Code” on The Project for Premodern Japan Studies Website (http://www.uscppjs.org/)