Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages

A.B. in East Asian Studies, summa cum laude


Teaching Experience

Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History
Professor of History

Professor of History
Associate Professor of History
Assistant Professor of History

Assistant Professor of History


2019    A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

2018    創発する日本へ:ポスト「失われた20年」のデッサン. Tokyo: Koubundou. [Co-editor with Kazuhiro Takii]

2013    ミシンと日本の近代:消費者の創出 (Mishin to Nihon no Kindai: Shouhisha no Soushutsu). Translated by Kaori Oshima. Tokyo: Misuzu Shobō. [Japanese translation of Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan (2011)]

2013    A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

2012    日本労使関係史 1853-2010 (Nihon roshi kankei shi 1853-2010). Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten. [Japanese translation of The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan, 1985-1955 (1985) with two additional chapters covering the period from the 1960s to the present]

2011    Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

2008    A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

2007    日本人が知らない松坂メジャー革命 (Nihonjin ga shiranai Matsuzaka mejaa kakumei) [Matsuzaka’s Unknown Major League Revolution]. Tokyo: Asahi Shinsho.

2002    A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press. [Translations published in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean]

2000    Historical Perspectives on Contemporary East Asia. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. [Co-editor with Merle Goldman]

1998    The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

1993    Postwar Japan as History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. [Editor; Japanese translation published by Misuzu Shobo, 2002]

1991    Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. [Fairbank Prize of American Historical Association (1991) and Arisawa Hiromi Prize Finalist (1992)]

1985    The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan: Heavy Industry, 1853-1955. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Other Major Publications

2022    "The Potential of disaster digital archives in disaster education: The case of the Japan disasters digital archive (JDA) and its geo-location functions." Co-authored with Julia Gerster, Sebastien Boret, Ryo Morimoto, and Akihiro Shibayama. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 77, July 2022.

2021    “The Puzzle of Vaccine Hesitancy in Japan.” Co-authored with Michael Reich. Journal of Japanese Studies 47, no.2. [Japanese translation, 日本におけるワクチン不信を巡る謎,” published in 医学のあゆみ, 2021]

2019    “Dark Tourism and the History of Imperial and Contemporary Japan.” Special feature of The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus 17 (6), no. 1.

2018    “Social Conflict and Control, Protest and Repression.” In 1914-1981-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, edited by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Kenne, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

2017    中村正則と日本の環太平洋史・環戦史 (Nakamura Masanori in the Trans-Pacific and Transwar).” 歴史学研究 960: 23-28.

2017    “Ideologies of State, Market, and Gender from High Growth to ‘Lost Decades'.” In The Lost Two Decades and the Transformation of Japanese Society. International Research Center for Japanese Studies. [Japanese translation, “高度成長から「失われた二十年」 国家・市場・ジェンダーのイデオロギー ,” published in日本研究, 2016 and 創発する日本へ:ポスト「失われた20年」のデッサン, 2018]

2017    “New and Enduring Dual Structures of Employment in Japan: The Rise of Non-Regular Labor, 1980s-2010s.” Social Science Japan Journal 20, no. 1: 9-36. [ISS-OUP Prize (2017) for the most outstanding article of the year in the Social Science Japan Journal]

2016    “Introduction: The Global E.P. Thompson.” Co-authored with Rudi Batzell, Sven Beckert and Gabriel Winant. Special issue of International Review of Social History 61, no. 1: 1-9.

2015    “E. P. Thompson, Politics and History: Writing Social History Fifty Years after The Making of the English Working Class.” Co-authored with Rudi Batzell, Sven Beckert and Gabriel Winant. Special issue of Journal of Social History 48, no. 4: 753-758.

2015    “Making Sense of the Lost Decades: Workplaces and Schools, Men and Women, Young and Old, Rich and Poor.” In Examining Japan’s Lost Decades, edited by Yoichi Funabashi and Barak Kushner. London: Routledge.

2012    “Consumption, Consumerism, and Japanese Modernity.” In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption, edited by Frank Trentmann. New York: Oxford University Press.

2012    “Like Bamboo Shoots after the Rain: The Growth of a Nation of Dressmakers and Consumers.” In The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000, edited by Penelope Francks and Janet Hunter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2009    “Selling the American Way: The Singer Sales System in Japan, 1900-1938.” Business History Review 82, no. 4.

2007    “Consumption, Leisure and the Middle Class in Transwar Japan.” Social Science Japan Journal 10, no. 1: 1-21.

2006    “From Sewing Machines to Credit Cards: Consumer Credit in 20th Century Japan.” In The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West, edited by Sheldon Garon and Patricia L. Maclachlan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

2006    “消費、生活、娯楽の「貫戦史」(A ‘Transwar’ History of Consumption, Daily Life, and Leisure).” In 日常生活の中の総力戦 (Total War in the Midst of Daily Life), edited by Aiko Kurasawa, Tooru Sugihara, Ryuichi Narita, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Daizaburo Yui, and Yutaka Yoshida. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten.

2002    “The Short Happy Life of the Japanese Middle Class.” In Social Contracts Under Stress: The Middle Classes of America, Europe, and Japan at the Turn of the Century, edited by Olivier Zunz, Leonard Schoppa, and Nobuhiro Hiwatari. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

1999   “世紀末日本のナショナリズム (Nationalism, Past and Present).” Asahi Shimbun, 30 November 1999.

1998   "Taking Japanese Studies Seriously." In The Postwar Developments of Japanese Studies in the United States, edited by Helen Hardacre. Leiden: Brill, 387-405.

1997    “Managing the Japanese Household: The New Life Movement in Postwar Japan.” Social Politics 3, no. 2: 245-283.

1996    “Conditions for the Disappearance of the Japanese Working-Class Movement.” In Putting Class in Its Place: Worker Identities in East Asia, edited by Elizabeth J. Perry. Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies.

1994    “Luttes pour pouvoir dans les ateliers: ouvriers et direction dans la sidérurgie des années 50 au Japon.” Annales 49, no. 3 : 511-540.

1993    “Contests for the Workplace.” In Postwar Japan as History, edited by Andrew Gordon. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

1989    “The Business Lobby and Bureaucrats in Labor, 1911-1945.” In Managing Industrial Enterprise: Cases from Japan's Prewar Experience, edited by William Wray. Cambridge, MA: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University Press.

1989    “Araki Toichiro and the Shaping of Labor Management.” In Japanese Management in Historical Perspective, edited by Tsunehiko Yui and Keiishiro Nakagawa. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.

1988    “The Crowd and Politics in Tokyo, 1905-1918.” Past and Present 121: 141-170. [Japanese translation, “戦前日本の大衆政治行動と意識を探って 東京における民衆騒擾の研究,” published in 歴史学研究, 1987]

1987    “The Right to Work in Japan: Labor and the State in the Depression.” Social Research 54, no. 2: 247-272.

1986    “戦前南葛地域における労働組合の展開 (The Development of the Union Movement in the Prewar Nankatsu Area).” 大原社会問題研究所雑誌 326, no. 1: 1-17.


1997   Kazuo, Nimura. The Ashio Riot of 1907: A Social History of Mining in Japan. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. [Editor, and translator with Terry Boardman]

1996   Kumazawa, Nakoto. Portraits of the Japanese Workplace: Labor Movements, Workers, and Mangers. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. [Editor, and translator with Mikiso Hane]

1992   Yamamoto, Tetsuji. “Theoretical Displacement of Social Sciences from Chartier to Foucault: Beyond Postmodernism.” Iichiko Intercultural 4.

Recent Professional and Administrative Activities

Member, Social Science Research Council Abe Fellowship Selection Committee

Acting Director, Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University

Acting Director, Asia Center, Harvard University

Member, Japan Foundation American Advisory Committee

Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Co-Director, Japan Disaster Digital Archive Project, Harvard University

Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Chair, Department of History, Harvard University

Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University

Head Tutor, East Asian Studies, Harvard University

Member, North East Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies (elected position)

Member, Joint Committee on Japanese Studies, Social Science Research Council

Member, Asian/Pacific Studies Executive Committee, Duke University

Contact Information

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CV PDF:  Andrew Gordon_CV May 2022