Jeff Kingston, Ph.D.

Asian Studies, History

Director of Asian Studies major


Areas of Expertise

The political economy and social history of modern Japan, 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 Nikkei Asia Review, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Japan Times. 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; 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 author of Nationalism in Asia: A History Since 1945 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016) and editor of Asian Nationalism Reconsidered (Routledge, 2015); 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, religion and identity. He has also edited Press Freedom in Japan forthcoming in 2017.

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 AsiaPacific Journal, Asian Studies and Critical Asian Studies.
Member of AAS, EAJS, AAJS.