Jeff Kingston, Ph.D.

Asian Studies, History

Director of Asian Studies major


Areas of Expertise

The political economy and social history of modern Japan and nationalism in Asia. Professor Kingston's op-eds and book reviews appear in The Guardian, Washington Post, Nikkei Asia Review, Foreign Policy, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and CNN. 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.

Teaching Interests

Professor Kingston teaches courses on modern Japanese history; contemporary Japan; Japan's relations with Asia; and US foreign policy. He is director of Asian Studies at TUJ.


Professor Kingston's research interests focus on Asian nationalisms, contemporary Japan, contested history and transitional justice in Asia. He has also written extensively on press freedom and the 3.11 natural and nuclear disasters.

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.