Hiromi Mizuno

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Department of History
941 HellerH

271 19th Ave S

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • PhD: History, UCLA.


  • modern Japan
  • intellectual and cultural history
  • cultural studies of science and technology
  • nationalism and colonialism
  • human rights and international laws
  • gender and sexuality
  • History of Food and Agriculture
Courses Taught
  • History of Modern Japan
  • Japanese Women and Feminisms
  • The Politics of Hunger: The Green Revolution and the World [Freshman seminar]
  • How the Samurai and the Geisha Became Japanese [upper-division]
  • War and Peace in Japanese Popular Culture [upper division]
  • Critical Asian Studies [graduate seminar]
  • Post-colonial/Cold War Asia [graduate seminar]
  • Foucault, Agamben, Arendt, & Bourdiue [graduate seminar}
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • East Asian Science and Technology Studies: advisory board member
  • MCAA Vice President: 2020 - 2021
  • Midwest Japan Seminar executive board member: 2019 - 2021
  • AAS Council of Conference chair: 2017 - 2018
  • AAS CoC: MCAA representative , 2016 - 2018
  • MCAA Program Chair : 2018


  • Technological Nostalgia and Japanese Colonial Memory:
  • Politics of Belonging: Population Policy in Postwar Japan:
  • Japanese immigration to the Dominican Republic:
  • Contradiction of Human Rights: "Comfort Women" and Statelessness:
  • History of Chemical Fertilizer in Japan:


  • Post-X Years film screening event: Radiation of Japanese fishermen in the 1950s by US nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific, 2020 - Dec 2020
  • Engineering Asia: Technology, Colonial Development, and the Cold War Order . Mizuno, Hiromi, Aaron S. Moore and John DiMoia, Bloomsbury, Co-Editor, 2018. Download
  • Mizuno, Hiromi. "Rasa Island: What Industrialization To Remember and Forget." Japan Focus 15 (Jan 2016): LinkDownload
  • Mizuno, Hiromi. "押し上げてもらう雁:帝国と技術協力 [The Flying Goose Needs To Be Pushed Up: Technical Aid and Empire]." Geidai shiso July 2015 (2015): Download
  • Mizuno, Hiromi, Ed., Tosh Minohara,Tze-ki Hon, and Evan Dawley. "The Science Room as An Archive: Taisho Japan and WWI." The Decade of the Great War: Japan and the Wider World in the 1910s (2014): LinkDownload
  • Hiromi Mizuno & Shigeru Nakayama. "Science and Nationalism." East Asian STS (Special Issue in 2 parts) 6 (1) & (3) (2012): Link
  • Mizuno, Hiromi. Science for the Empire: Scientific Nationalism in Modern Japan. Stanford University Press, 2009.
  • Mizuno, Hiromi. "When Pacifist Japan Fights: Historicizing Desire in Anime." Mechademia 2 (December 2007): 104-123. Download
  • Mitsui Bussan and the Manchurian Soybean Trade: Geopolitics and Economic Strategies in China's Northeast, ca. 1870s-1920s: Mizuno, Hiromi, Ines Prodöhl, Taylor & Francis Online, Business History, Dec 2019. LinkDownload
  • Mutant Rice and Agricultural Modernization in Asia: Mizuno, Hiromi, History and Technology, 36 360-381, 2020. Link
  • Science for the Empire awarded Choice Outstanding Academic Book, 2009
  • Environmental Humanities Initiative Fellowship, 2020-2021
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 2021- - 2022