Faculty by Research Specialization

The Department of History at UC Santa Cruz is known for its innovative research and exemplary scholarship. Our faculty work at the cutting edge of their respective fields, covering a wide variety of geographic, temporal, and thematic fields of study. The areas of specialization listed here are by no means an exhaustive list of our scholastic interests. Rather, they highlight the diverse and often overlapping ideas and approaches we explore within our teaching and research.

Alan S Christy
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Cowell Provost
    • Undergraduate Education Committee, Dept. of History, Director
    • Co-Director, Okinawa Memories Initiative
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations East Asian Studies, Cowell College
  • Phone
    831-459-5031 (office)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Cowell College Academic Building, Cowell 121
    • Humanities 1, room 535
  • Office Hours Drop in office hours (in person): Friday 10-11am, Appointment slots are available here: https://bit.ly/alan-christy-office-hours
  • 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.