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Michael Thornton

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Michael Thornton teaches and researches Japanese and East Asian history, with a particular interest in the history of cities and urbanization. He has two major projects underway: the first focuses on the relationship between urbanization and colonial expansion on Japan’s northern frontier, Hokkaido, during the nineteenth century. The second is “A People’s Guide to Tokyo,” a collaborative project with scholars in Japan and across the United States.

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