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20th Century Japan Research Awards

Each year, the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and the University of Maryland Libraries invite applications for grants to support research in the Libraries' Gordon W. Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of a Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation. The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply.  The deadline for this year's awards has passed.  Check back here in September 2014 for information about the next round. 

Award Recipients

2013-2014

Julia Bullock

"Coeducation in Japan under Allied Occupation"

2013-2014

Deokhyo Choi

"Crucible of the Post-Empire: Decolonization, Race, and Cold War Politics in U.S.-Japan-Korea Relations, 1945-1952"

2013-2014

Emer O'Dwyer

"Searching for 'Truth' in Occupation-Era Magazines"

2012-2013

Jessamyn Abel

"Locomotives of Postwar Recovery: Development of the Bullet Train"
2011-2012 Charlotte Eubanks "Archival Memory: The Marukis and the Politics of Visual Culture in Trans-War Japan"

2011-2012

Ryan Holmberg

"Ten Cent Manga: American Comics and the Rise of Gekiga" 

2011-2012

Jolyon Thomas "Japan's Preoccupation with Religious Freedom, 1890-1947"

2010-2011

Justin Jesty "Art and Social Movements in Postwar Japan, 1945-1960"

2009-2010

No awards were given.

2008-2009

Franziska Seraphim "Public Responses to the Allied War Crimes Program and SCAP's Purge"

2008-2009

Aiko Takeuchi

"Social Discussions over Female Reproduction in Postwar Japan"

2007-2008

Erik Esselstrom "The Politics of Thought Crime in Wartime and Occupied Japan"

2007-2008

Ann Sherif "The Influence of Progressive, Leftist, Religious and Regional Publishers on Art, Activism and Academia During the Occupation"

2006-2007

Kyoko Omori "The Culture of Japanese Vernacular Modernism, 1920-1950"

2006-2007

Maki Umemura "The Pharmaceutical Industry in Japan since 1945"

2005-2006

Takashi Nishiyama "Former Military Scientists and Engineers, 1919-1964," and "Labor Activism in the Japan National Railways, 1945-1955"

2005-2006

Alicia Volk "Democratizing Japanese Art, 1945-1960"

2004-2005

Julia Adeney Thomas "Photography and Democracy: Between History and Sex in Occupied Japan"

2004-2005

Lee Pennington "Wartorn Japan: Disabled Veterans and Society, 1931-1952"

2003-2004

Vera Mackie "A Cultural History of the Body in Modern Japan"

2003-2004

Kenji Ito

"Popular Perception of Science and Technology in Postwar Japan"

2002-2003

Helen Macnaughtan

"Female Labor and the Allied Occupation of Japan"

2002-2003

Miho Matsugu

"Kawabata Yasunari's Snow Country as a National Narrative of the Occupation: 1945-1948"

2002-2003

Aaron Skabelund

"Japan's Postwar Military, 1945-1989."

2001-2002

Sonia Ryang

"Japan's Emergence as an Anthropological Field"

2001-2002

Sayuri Shimizu

"Japanese Baseball under U.S. Occupation, 1945-1952"

2000-2001

Michael Molasky

"Reading Jazz in Postwar Japan"

2000-2001

Lori Watt

"Post-World War Two Repatriation in Japan, 1945-1958"

1999-2000

Kristine Dennehy

"Memories of Colonial Korea in Postwar Japan"

1999-2000

Ben Dorfman

"Local Religious Organizations in Postwar Japan"

1999-2000

Joanne Izbicki

"Orphans in Postwar Japan"