Yasuhiro Makimura

Assistant Professor of East Asian History

Iona College, Department of History
715 North Ave.
New Rochelle, NY 10801
Phone: (914) 633-2519
Fax: (914) 633-2153

Office Hours: 
Monday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

BA - Harvard University.
M.Litt. - Cambridge University.
PhD - Columbia University, 2002.

Courses Taught:
HST 106. Topics in Non-Western Civilization.
Japanese History.
Chinese History.
Easy Asian History.
Asian Thought.

Teaching Interest:
Japan (all).
China (some of it's long history).
Economic History.
Urban History.
Intellectual History (some of it).

Research Interest and Scholarship:
Economic history of urban regions (basically you trace the production and consumption of one or two things, and see how people make a living and are connected to the wider world).
Diplomatic history in the 19th century.

- Editor, A Collection of Documents of Yoshida Kyonari, Japanese Ambassador to the United States in the Nineteenth century (forthcoming).
- Translator, Kato Yuzo's "The Opening of Japan and the Meiji Restoration, 1837-1882" in Ian Nish, Yoichi Kibata (eds.) The History of Anglo-Japanese Relations (London:MacMillan, 2000), p. 60-68.
- Translator, Yasumaru Yoshio's "Popular thought and Japanese modernity," (forthcoming).

Academic Awards, Honors and Officerships:
YOKE Fellowship: Yokohama City Grant (1998-1999).
Japan Foundation Fellowship (1999-2000).
Columbia University, Committee on Asia and Middle East Postdoctoral Fellowship (2001-2003).

Other Information:
I was born in Japan, then bounced back and forth between the New York metropolitan region and the Tokyo metropolitan region. After graduating from college in the Boston area, I was unsure of what to do with my life. So I went to Britain to delay my decision (ostensibly to study) for 2 years. By the time I came back to New York, I had committed myself to a life in academia. Hence, my professorship here at Iona College.