Jeff Kingston, Ph.D.

Asian Studies, History

Advisor and Coordinator of Asian Studies majors

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Areas of Expertise

The political economy and social history of modern Japan, modern Southeast Asia, nationalism in Asia, religion and politics, conflict and reconciliation, and law and social change. Professor Kingston's op-eds and book reviews appear in the International Herald Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Japan Times and Bangkok Post. The BBC, CNN, Al-Jazeera, CCTV, CNA, CNBC, Reuters, Bloomberg, CBS, ABC, Time, AP, NHK, Voice of America and other media organizations interview him frequently. He also writes a weekly column–Counterpoint–for the Japan Times.

Teaching Interests

Professor Kingston teaches courses on modern Japanese history; contemporary Japan; Japan's relations with Asia; conflict and reconciliation, world history and modern Southeast Asia. He is director of Asian Studies at TUJ.


Professor Kingston's research interests focus on nationalism in Asia, contemporary Japan; civil society; law and social change; migration; and minorities. He has written extensively on politics and social change in contemporary Japan and also on the 3.11 natural and nuclear disasters. His recent research focuses on Japan's energy policy and trends in the labor market. He is editor of Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan (Routledge, 2014) and Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Response and Recovery after Japan’s 3/11 (Routledge, 2012) in addition to an e-book published by Foreign Policy entitled Tsunami. His current research focuses on nationalism and his new books are: Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945 (Wiley 2015) and the edited collection: Asian Nationalisms Reconsidered (Routledge forthcoming 2016).

Representative Publications


Ph.D. in history, Columbia University
M.A. in international affairs, Columbia University, School of International Affairs
B.S. in foreign service, Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service

Professional Associations

The editorial advisory boards of Japan Focus and Critical Asian Studies.