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The Japan Residencies Program

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 2, 2017.

In cooperation with and support from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the OAH and the Japanese Association for American Studies (JAAS) plan to send two American scholars to Japanese universities for two-week residencies in the summer of 2018.

The committee seeks applications from OAH members who are established American scholars affiliated with an American or Canadian university interested in teaching advanced undergraduates and graduate students in seminars and courses focusing on the U.S. History topics requested by the host institutions.

During their residencies, the American historians give at least six lectures and/or seminars in English in their specialty. They also meet individually and in groups with Japanese scholars, graduate students, and undergraduate students studying American history and culture, and participate in the collegial life of their host institutions. The purpose of this exchange program is to facilitate scholarly dialogue and contribute to the expansion of scholarly networks among students and professors of American history in both countries. We are pleased to announce the twenty-first year of the competition.

Round-trip airfare to Japan, housing, and modest daily expenses are covered by the award (note: if the host university is unable to provide housing, award recipients are expected to use the daily stipend to pay hotel expenses). Award winners are also encouraged to explore Japan before or after their two-week residency at their own expense.



Chuo University


Seeking a specialist in transnational or transborder movements of people, ideas, and institutions with a focus on 20th and 21st centuries. 

For two weeks: May 29June 11.

Chuo University, Tokyo, is one of the leading private universities in Japan. Founded in 1885, many of the university’s 510,000 alumni have achieved success in a variety of professions including law, business, politics, arts, science, and sports. Today, approximately 26,000 students are enrolled in its seven undergraduate schools and seven graduate schools on four campuses.

Chuo’s main campus is located on a green hilltop in Hachioji-city, suburban western Tokyo.  Nearby Mount Takao, a center of mountain worship for some 1,300 years, is among the most popular pilgrimage and tourist destinations in Tokyo. The campus also has convenient train access to central Tokyo such as Shinjuku or Shibuya entertainment district, and residency at Chuo University will offer an opportunity to experience various faces of the world’s largest metropolis.


Yuki Oda, PhD, Associate Professor
Affiliation: Chuo University (Tokyo, Japan)

Shiori Ishimasa (Nomura), PhD, Associate Professor
Affiliation: Chuo University (Tokyo, Japan)

Yuki Oda received his PhD in U.S. history from Columbia University, New York. His research interests include immigration, nationalism, citizenship, and human rights. In recent years, he has contributed chapters to Nicholas Syrett and Corinne T. Fields, Age in America: Colonial Era to the Present (New York: New York University Press, 2015), and Richard Marback ed. Generations: Rethinking Age and Citizenship (Detroit: Wayne University Press, 2015). 

Shiori Ichimasa received her PhD in Cultural Studies from University of Birmingham, Birmingham, U.K. She has been interested in immigrants from Eastern European and Asian countries, and focused on their media, gender and transnationalism. Her most recent work is a chapter contributed to S. Hosokawa (ed.), Rethinking Japanese Immigrant Culture (『日系文化を編み直す』) (Kyoto: Mineruva, 2017).

Fukuoka University

Seeking a specialist in social, cultural, and political history from the Revolution to the Civil War, preferably with special interest in such areas as race/ethnic relations, or Atlantic history.

For two weeks: June 1June 14.

Fukuoka University traces its origins back to 1934 when Fukuoka Higher Commercial School was established under the prewar education system. It was renamed Kyushu College of Economics in 1944, and two years later it became Fukuoka College of Economics. In 1949, as part of the restructured postwar education system, it was reestablished as Fukuoka College of Commerce. Finally when the Faculty of Law and Economics was established at the college in 1956, its name was changed to Fukuoka University. Since then, Fukuoka University has become one of the largest universities in western Japan. It consists of 9 graduate schools and 9 undergraduate faculties. The university has about 20,000 undergraduates and 580 graduate students in total. To produce graduates who can understand the rich diversity of cultures in the world, the university has academic exchange program agreements with 59 universities and one institute in 20 countries and regions.

The campus of Fukuoka University is located on the south side of Fukuoka City. Fukuoka City is the biggest city in the western Japan and Kyushu regions and, due to its geographic location close to the Korean peninsula and China, it serves as one of the important centers for international exchange in Eastern Asia. Fukuoka City is known for its outstanding shopping and cuisine, yet with mountains and beaches close at hand. The city is also rich in the historical sites, many temples and shrines, including the first Zen temple in Japan, Shofuku-ji.


Takeo Mori, Professor, MA
Affiliation: Fukuoka University (Fukuoka, Japan)

Professor Takeo Mori received his MA in Letters from Nagoya University. His scholarly interests are in war and society in Colonial North America, and the history of frontier policy from colonial period to the Revolution. He has published several articles on the various settlement projects by the British officials in frontiers of North American Colonies. His recent publication in English is “‘Blood and Money’ and ‘Great Pains and Expense’: The Conflicts between Massachusetts and British Imperialists Concerning Possession and Usage of the Eastern Frontier of Massachusetts in the 18th Century,” Fukuoka University Review of Literature & Humanities, 43-2 (2011).


How to Apply

Applicants must be members of the OAH, have a PhD, and be scholars of American history. Applicants from previous competitions are welcome to apply again. Award winners are expected to attend the 2018 OAH Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, so that they can meet with visiting Japanese scholars and graduate students and with members of the OAH/JAAS Japan Historians' Collaborative Committee before their trips to Japan. Please note that the dates of the residencies are not negotiable.

Applications must include the items below.

Please send all materials (in one PDF labeled with your name) by midnight PST on October 2, 2017 to japanresidency@oah.org and indicate "2018 Japan Residencies Program-[UNIVERSITY NAME]" in the subject line. If you would like to apply for both residencies, please send a separate application for each.

■ A two-page curriculum vitae emphasizing teaching experience and publications.

■ The institution(s) for which you would like to be considered.

■ A personal statement, no longer than two pages, describing your interest in this program and the issues that your own scholarship and teaching have addressed. Please devote one or two paragraphs to why you understand this residency to be central to your development as a scholar in the world community. You may include comments on any previous collaboration or work with non-U.S. academics or students. If you wish, you may comment on your particular interest in Japan.

■ A letter of recommendation, to be solicited by the applicant and sent directly by the recommender to OAH (japanresidency@oah.org), which should also address the applicant’s teaching skill. The subject line of the e-mail should say “Recommendation for [NAME OF APPLICANT]."

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 2, 2017.