Research Team

    • Dr. Barak Kushner, Principal Investigator
      Barak Kushner teaches modern Japanese history in the Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (formerly the Faculty of Oriental Studies) at the University of Cambridge and has a PhD in History from Princeton University. He was recently awarded a 2012 British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship.
    • Dr. Casper Wits, Research Assistant Fellow
      Dr. Casper Wits is a historian of modern East Asia. His research focuses on diplomatic and international history during the Cold War, especially Sino-Japanese relations in this period. He received his PhD from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, and he was a visiting lecturer at the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Tübingen (2017-2018).
    • Aiko Otsuka, PhD Student
      Aiko joined the project on War Crimes and Empire in October 2013, and is working on her PhD thesis on war narratives of former members of the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) after WWII. Her thesis focuses on infantry regiments that conducted major military operations and instigated civilian mass killings during the war and explores how former IJA members recounted the defeat and aggression during war crimes trials and in regimental histories, a source yet unexplored in scholarship.
    • Hao Chen, PhD Student
      Hao Chen is working on China and Taiwan’s competition for representational legitimacy in the Cold War Hong Kong and the Afro-Asian Solidarity Movement between 1949 and 1971. His research interests include twentieth century political and international history of both China and Taiwan, Cold War international history of Hong Kong and the Third World, and the history of Japanese Empire.
    • Ko-Hang Liao, PhD Student
      Ko-Hang Liao’s research project focuses on the White Group (Baituan), Chiang Kai-shek’s military advisory group consisting of pre-war Japanese Imperial Army, who helped Chiang win the Battle of Jinmen in 1949 and the 1958 Taiwan Strait Crisis, consolidated the status of the Republic of China (ROC) in Taiwan and built the backbone of the post-1949 ROC Armed Forces.

Former Research Associates

  • Dr. Lily Chang, Lecturer in Modern Chinese History
    Lily Chang is a historian of East Asia interested in the intersections between law and society, the history of childhood, and the movement of ideas across boundaries. She is a Lecturer in Modern Chinese History at University College London, and is a Research Associate with the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge.
  • Dr. Deokhyo Choi, Research Assistant Fellow
    Deokhyo Choi is a historian of modern Japan and Korea. His research focuses on the decolonization of the Japanese empire, the U.S. occupation of Japan and Korea, and the Korean War. He received his PhD in History from Cornell University in August 2013. He was recently awarded the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS) Best Dissertation Prize 2015 in the Humanities.
  • Dr. Arnaud Doglia, Research Assistant Fellow
    Arnaud Doglia researches contemporary Japan and East Asia. He received his MA in East Asian studies, and his PhD in Japanese studies from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he also taught contemporary Japanese history. He was then assistant professor at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he taught East Asian studies.
  • Dr. Sherzod Muminov, Lecturer in Japanese History
    Sherzod Muminov has recently completed a PhD dissertation on the history and legacy of the ‘Siberian Internment’ – a captivity of Japanese former servicemen and civilians in the Soviet labour camps between 1945-1956. Besides modern Japanese history, Sherzod’s research interests include the USSR’s camps for enemy POWs, the Soviet influence in post-1945 East Asia, the Cold War, and memory politics in Japan.
  • Dr. Andrew Levidis, Research Assistant Fellow
    Andrew Levidis is a historian of modern Japan. His research focuses on Japanese political and diplomatic history, history of civil-military relations in prewar Japan, history of international relations, and the modern historiography of war. He received his PhD in History from Kyoto University and has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University, and in the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard.

Related Researchers

  • Don Q Kim, PhD Candidate
    Don Q Kim’s PhD dissertation is a synthesis of political, international, and intellectual histories of the Japanese imperial rule. Don Q’s dissertation is based on the hypothesis that imperial Japan’s new continental policy affected its colonial governance in Korea and this new governance can be explained better by Foucault’s notion of bio-power than by any other notion of power.

Visiting Scholars

  • Dr. Garren Mulloy, Visiting Scholar
    Garren is an Associate Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Daito Bunka University in Japan. His PhD (Newcastle University) focused on Japan Self-Defense Forces’ overseas operations, and his research has covered Japanese and Asian security, international peace operations, defence reform, military-related history, and comparing memories and memorialisations of war in Britain and Japan.
  • Dr. James Llewelyn, Visiting Scholar
    James is currently employed by the Australian Government, working on a range of bilateral issues relating to international education, science and research diplomacy with Japan and Northeast Asia. In his almost nine years at the University of Kobe and his three months as a visiting scholar at FAMES, he completed numerous publications on Japan’s postwar diplomacy.
  • Dr. Matthew Funaiole, Fellow
    Matthew is a fellow with the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. His research focuses on power relationships and alliance structures in the Asia-Pacific. He was a visiting member of the research team during the final year of his doctoral research at the University of Saint Andrews. Matthew built and maintains the project’s webpage.
  • Dr. Kanda Yutaka, Associate Professor
    Kanda Yutaka is an associate professor in the Faculty of Law at Niigata University in Japan. His research interests center on international history and the history of the Cold War in East Asia, particularly the history of postwar Japanese diplomacy. His first monograph analyzed Japanese diplomacy toward China during the critical time period of the Cold War from 1960 to 1972.
  • Akira Igata, PhD Candidate
    Akira Igata is a resident SPF fellow at Pacific Forum, CSIS and a doctoral student at Keio University, Tokyo. Mr. Igata’s research focus is on Japan’s foreign and security policies after the end of the Cold War, Japan-US relationship, and East Asian politics.
  • Dr. Luli van der Does-Ishikawa, Visiting Scholar
    Luli van der Does-Ishikawa specialises in the interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative study of Japanese language, people and society. Her 2014 PhD analysed the process of ideological transfer through discursive communication in the children’s official songbooks of imperial Japan. Her recent publications have focused on the self-representations of the Kamikaze Tokkô-tai. She is actively engaged in several research projects and is also a professional conference interpreter serving international organisations.
  • Victor Louzon, PhD Candidate
    Victor Louzon (France) is a doctoral student in History at SciencesPo (Paris) and a visiting student at the LSE (London). He received his undergraduate training at SciencesPo, INaLCO (Paris) and the University of British Columbia (Vancouver). He was a visiting graduate student at Qinghua (Beijing), NCCU (Taibei) and Yale, as a Fox Fellow and Fulbright doctoral student.
  • Dr. Chihyun Chang, Visiting Scholar
    Dr Chihyun Chang (張志雲) joined the research team in 2013 and now teaches in the Department of History, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. His research focuses on the adaptation of China’s institutions to the challenges and opportunities from the West, ranging from the treaty system in the mid-nineteenth century to the Second Rectification Campaign in the mid twentieth century.
  • Dr. Kyung-Min Park, Visiting Scholar

Staff and Assistants

  • Kuan-jen Chen, Research Assistant
    Kuan-jen is a Doctoral Candidate in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge and Dr Kushner’s Research Assistant for this ERC project. He also tutors reading Chinese archival documents at the Faculty of East Asian Studies. Kuan-jen is working on his PhD dissertation titled, “U.S. Maritime Policy in Cold War East Asia, 1945-1979,” under the supervision of Professor Andrew Preston.
  • Catherine Hirst, Project Administrator
    Catherine has recently joined the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, and is providing administrative support for the project. Catherine has an international relations and political science background, completing a Bachelor of International Studies (Hons) at the University of Sydney and a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.