Early Closing

Monday, January 26, 2015 Iona College is scheduled to close at noon due to impending snow storm and we will continue to evaluate the weather forecast and may update this message in the morning.



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
Email: ymakimura@iona.edu


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.

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.