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Professor of History

After 25 years at Connecticut College, 2 at the University of Illinois, and 6 at the University of California, Berkeley, Tom Havens came to Northeastern in 1999 as professor and chair of the Department of History. He teaches courses on Japanese history and East Asian studies. Trained in history at Princeton and U.C. Berkeley, he has written books on modern Japanese intellectual, economic, cultural, and environmental history, as well as Japanese foreign relations, arts patronage, avant-garde movements, and long-distance running. His current research focuses on the history of botanical science and the diffusion of Japanese and East Asian plant species to the rest of the world.

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National Defense Foreign Language Fellow, Stanford and Columbia Universities,

summers 1962, 1963

Ford Foundation Foreign Area Fellow, University of California, Berkeley,

and Chūō University, 1963-1965

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Waseda University, 1968, Connecticut

College, 1990

Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellow, Waseda University, 1968

Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1972-1973

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Waseda University, 1976-1977

Japan Foundation Professional Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1980-1981, summer 2007

Social Science Research Council Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1976, 1984

American Philosophical Society Fellow, Waseda University, 1980

U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow, Waseda University,

1990-1991, University of Tokyo, 2001-2002

Association for Asian Studies NEAC research grant, Tokyo, summer 2009

Visiting Professor, Meiji University, Tokyo, summer 2010

Books

Nishi Amane and Modern Japanese Thought, Princeton University Press, 1970

Farm and Nation in Modern Japan:  Agrarian Nationalism, 1870-1940, Princeton

University Press, 1974

Valley of Darkness:  The Japanese People and World War Two, W. W. Norton, 1978;

University Press of America, 1986

The Historical Encyclopedia of World War II (coauthor), Facts-On-File, 1980

Artist and Patron in Postwar Japan:  Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts,

1955-1980, Princeton University Press, 1982

Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan, Tokyo and New York: Kodansha, 1983, entries on

Dance Western-style, Nationalism, National Mobilization Law, Ninomiya Sontoku,

Nishi Amane, Nōhonshugi, Farmers’ Movement, Tachibana Kōzaburō, Japanese

Society During World War II

Fire Across the Sea:  The Vietnam War and Japan, 1965-1975, Princeton University

Press, 1987

Umi no mukō no kaji: Betonamu sensō to Nihon 1965-1975 [Fire Across the Sea: The

     Vietnam War and Japan 1965-1975], trans. Yoshikawa Yūichi, Chikuma Shobō, 1990

Japan Between East and West (coeditor), University Press of America, 1990

Architects of Affluence:  The Tsutsumi Family and the Seibu-Saison Enterprises in

Twentieth-Century Japan, Harvard Council on East Asian Studies, 1994

Radicals and Realists in Japanese Nonverbal Arts:  The Avant-Garde and the

     Rejection of Modernism, University of Hawai`i Press, 2006

Parkscapes:  Green Spaces in Modern Japan, University of Hawai`i Press, 2011

Marathon Japan:  Distance Racing and Civic Culture, University of Hawai`i Press,

2015

Global Indigeneities and the Environment (coedited with Karen L. Thornber), Basel:

MDPI, 2016. ISBN 978-3-03842-240 cloth, 978-3-03842-241 e-book

http://www.mdpi.com/books/pdfview/book/223

Land of Plants in Motion: Japanese Botany and the World, University of Hawai`i Press, 2020

(Perspectives on the Global Past)

National Defense Foreign Language Fellow, Stanford and Columbia Universities,

summers 1962, 1963

Ford Foundation Foreign Area Fellow, University of California, Berkeley,

and Chūō University, 1963-1965

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Waseda University, 1968, Connecticut

College, 1990

Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellow, Waseda University, 1968

Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1972-1973

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Waseda University, 1976-1977

Japan Foundation Professional Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1980-1981, summer 2007

Social Science Research Council Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1976, 1984

American Philosophical Society Fellow, Waseda University, 1980

U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow, Waseda University,

1990-1991, University of Tokyo, 2001-2002

Association for Asian Studies NEAC research grant, Tokyo, summer 2009

Visiting Professor, Meiji University, Tokyo, summer 2010

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  • Education

    PhD, 1965, History
    University of California, Berkeley

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