History of CJS


Current Director

Jonathan Zwicker, Asian Languages & Cultures: 2011-2012, 2013-present

Leslie Pincus, History: 2012-2013
Ken K. Ito, Asian Languages & Cultures: 2008-2011
Mark D. West
, Law: 2003-2008
John Lie, Sociology: 2002-2003
Robert Sharf, Buddhist Studies: 1999-2000
Hitomi Tonomura, History: 1995-1999, 2000-2002
Jennifer Robertson, Anthropology: 1993-1994
Harold W. Stevenson, Psychology: 1990-1991
Robert L. Danly
, Asian Languages & Cultures: 1987-1990, 1991-1993, 1994-1995
John Campbell
, Political Science: 1982-1987
Robert E. Cole, Sociology: 1974-1977, 1979-1982
Roger Hacket
t, History: 1968-1971
Joseph Yamagiwa, Japanese Language & Literature: 1960
Richard K. Beardsley, Anthropology: 1959-1960, 1961-1964, 1973-1974
John Hall, History: 1954-1955, 1959, 1960-1961
Robert Ward, Political Science: 1951-1952, 1959, 1964-1968, 1971-1973
Robert Hall
, Geography: 1947-1951, 1952-1954, 1955


  1. Early Japanese Students
  2. Army's Intensive Japanese Language School
  3. Beginnings
  4. Okayama Field Station
  5. Expansion
  6. Oil Shock
  7. Partnerships
  8. Visitors
  9. Hereafter


Cameron, Meribeth E. "Far Eastern Studies in the United States." Far Eastern Quarterly 7.2 (1948): 115-35.

Groner, Robert Jay. Japanese Students at the University of Michigan, 1872-1900. MA Thesis. University of Michigan, 1974.

Hall, Robert B. Area Studies: With Special Reference to their Implications for Research in the Social Sciences. New York: Social Science Research Council, 1947.

— "Japanese Study in Ann Arbor and Okayama." Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review (1951).

Hucker, Charles O. The Association of Asian Studies: An Interpretive History. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1973.

Jansen, Marius. The History of Japanese Studies in the United States. Ann Arbor: The Association for Asian Studies, 1988.

Nelson, J. Raleight. "The Foreign Student on the Michigan Campus." Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review 43.1 (1936).

— "Michigan's International Center." Michigan Alumnus Quarterly Review 46.10, (1939).

Records of Center for Japanese Studies. Bentley Historical Library. University of Michigan.

Reischauer, Edwin O., and John K. Fairbank. “Understanding the Far East through Area Study.” Far Eastern Survey 17.10 (1948): 121-3.

Ward, Robert. The Development of Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan, 1947-1966. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1966.

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