B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University
Paul Eason is a historian of Modern Japan and East Asia, with a particular focus on regional and local issues from both subnational and supranational levels. His research looks at the changing relationship between center and region within Japan, focused on the post-1945 era with special attention to the increasing economic and cultural interconnection of East Asia as a whole. He is currently working on a book project that examines the transformation of Fukuoka, Japan from an internal periphery to internationally-oriented East Asian regional metropolis set within and against the larger national narrative of Japan’s modern history. His teaching interests include: environmental history, the history of cultural and social minorities, comparative and transnational history, colonial/imperial and postcolonial history, and the production and transmission of ideas between and within elite and popular cultures.