Faculty by Undergraduate Concentration

All history majors select a geographic region of concentration as their primary area of study: Americas and Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Europe and the Mediterranean World. Majors are encouraged to get to know the faculty in their region of concentration as early as possible.

History majors are also encouraged to carve out their own unique thematic research pathway — religion, social movements, science and environment, and gender, to name a few — and to get to know the history faculty who specialize in those research areas.

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Alan S Christy
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Cowell Provost
    • Associate Professor
    • Co-Director, Center for the Study of Pacific War Memories
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations East Asian Studies, Cowell College
  • Phone
    831-459-5031 (office), 831-459-1924 (message)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Cowell College Academic Building, Cowell 121
    • Humanities 1, room 535
  • Office Hours Spring 2022: Tue. 12 pm - 1:30 pm. Zoom: Meeting ID: 938 8409 6702 Passcode: 420371
  • Mail Stop Cowell College
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Asian Studies, Digital Humanities
  • Courses HIS 40A, Early Modern East Asia; HIS 80Y, World War II Memories in the U.S. and Japan; HIS 150B, Tokugawa Japan; HIS 150C, Modern Japan; HIS 150D, The Japanese Empire; HIS 194Y, Memories of WWII in the U.S. and Japan; HIS 194X, History of Okinawa; HIS 243A, Modern Japanese Historiography; HIS 243B, Gender and Modern Japan; HIS 243C, Transnational Japan

Research Interests

Early modern Japan, modern Japan; history of social sciences, colonialism, and nationalism

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Selected Publications

  • A Discipline on Foot: Inventing Japanese Native Ethnology, 1910-1945, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2012
  • Rethinking Japanese History, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2012
  • "Primitive Communists and Profiteering Women: Propriety and Scandal in Okinawan Studies." Orientalism: From Postcolonial Theory to World History, E. Burke and D. Prochaska, eds. University of Nebraska Press (2006).
  • "Colonialism and the Sciences of the Tropical Zone: The Academic Analysis of Difference in 'the Island Peoples,' by Tomiyama Ichiro (translation)." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, 3:2 (1995). Reissued in Formations of Colonial Modernity in Asia, T. Barlow, ed. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1997.
  • "A Fantasy of Ancient Japan: The Assimilation of Okinawa in Yanagita Kunio's Kainan Shoki." Select Papers of the East Asia Center: Productions of Culture in Japan, no. 10, R. Adams, ed. Chicago: East Asia Center, University of Chicago, 1995.
  • "The Making of Imperial Subjects in Okinawa." Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique 1:3 (1993). Reissued in Formations of Colonial Modernity in East Asia, T. Barlow, ed. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1997.