Abbreviated CV

(August 2021)


University of Bergen

Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages (2021-)

Nagoya University

Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences Supervisory Subcommittee (2020-2021)

Affiliated Researcher, Gender Research Library (2020-2021)

International Programs Subcommittee (2020-2021)

Affiliated Faculty, Graduate School of International Development (2019-2021)

Program Chair, Japan-in-Asia Cultural Studies (2018-2021)

Affiliated Researcher, Center for Transregional Culture and Society (2018-2021)

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities (2017-2021)

Designated Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters (2014-2017)

Yale University

Postdoctoral Associate, Council on East Asian Studies (2013-2014)

Grinnell College

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chinese and Japanese (2012-2013)

University of Pennsylvania

Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of History (2012)

Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Civilizations (2009-2011)

Graduate Teaching Fellow (2008-2010)

Community College of Philadelphia

Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology (2010-2011)

Iwate University

Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (2002-2005)

CELC, Inc.

Instructor of Japanese-English Translation (2001-2006)

Fuji University

Lecturer, Dept. of Economics (1999-2001)



Ennobling Japan’s Savage Northeast: Tōhoku as Postwar Thought, 1945-2011. Harvard University Asia Center (2017).

Refereed Articles

"We are How We Eat―The Rise and Fall of the Spork in Japanese School Lunches." Food & Foodways (under review)

Ingrained Habits: The ‘Kitchen Cars’ and the Transformation of Postwar Japanese Diet and Identity.” Food, Culture & Society, November 2020.

栄養指導車(キッチンカー):アメリカ農産物と戦後日本の食生活変遷』「JunCture」11号 (2020年3月)

Nutrition as National Defense: Japan’s Imperial Government Institute for Nutrition, 1920-1940.” Journal of Japanese Studies 45, no. 1 (2019): 1–29.

‘Fake Food: Authentic Japanese Product’—On the Rise of Visuality in Middlebrow Japanese Culinary Culture.Japan Forum 31, no. 2 (October 2018): 1–18.

“A Bad Peace?” – The 1937 Nagoya Pan-Pacific Peace Exhibition. Japanese Studies (September 2018)

Henkyō, The Universal Japanese Frontier (An Interpretation).” Verge: Studies in Global Asias 4, no. 1 (2018): 85–109.

Christopher Noss’ Tohoku and ‘Survey of Rural Fukushima’: Portraits of Tōhoku a Century Before March 11, 2011.Asian Cultural Studies, no. 42 (Spring 2016): 139–51.

Takahashi Tomio’s Phoenix: Recuperating Hiraizumi (1950-71).Journal of Japanese Studies 40, no. 2. 353-377. (2014)

Takahashi Tomio’s Henkyō: Eastern Easts and Western Wests.” Japan Review, no. 27 (2014): 141– 170.

Systems of Irresponsibility and Japan’s Internal Colony.” The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 52, No. 2, Dec 30, 2013.

World′s First Telepathology Experiments Employing Ultra-high-speed Internet Satellite, Nicknamed ‘KIZUNA’.” Sawai, Takashi, et al. Journal of Pathology Informatics 4 (1): 24. (2013)

Journal Special Issues

「国民・国家・食」特集「JunCture」11号 (2020)

“Frontiers” (coedited with Ran Zwigenberg, Pennsylvania State University) Verge: Studies in Global Asias, no. 4.1 (Spring 2018).

Coauthored Articles

Hopson, Nathan, and Ran Zwigenberg. “Can the Frontier Write Back?Verge: Studies in Global Asias 4, no. 1 (2018): vi–xv.

Book Chapters

Women, Waste, and War: Food, Gender, and Rationalization in Wartime Japanese Discourse.” In Gender and Food in Contemporary East Asia, edited by Jooyeon Rhee, Chikako Nagayama, and Eric Li, 15–38. Lexington Books, 2021.

“Nutritionists in Japan as a Professional Elite, 1914-1964.” In Professional Elites of Modern Japan. Bibliothèque de l’Institut des Hautes Études Japonaises du Collège de France. Paris: Collège de France, forthcoming.

Sasagawa, Norikatsu. “An Chunggŭn and the Political Philosophy of Immanuel Kant.” In Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn’s Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism, edited by Eugene Park and Tae-Jin Yi, translated by Nathan Hopson, 111–30. Lexington Books, 2017.

Yamamuro, Shin’ichi. “The Philosophy and Possibilities of An Chunggŭn’s Unfinished On Peace in the East.” In Peace in the East: An Chunggŭn’s Vision for Asia in the Age of Japanese Imperialism, edited by Eugene Park and Tae-Jin Yi, translated by Nathan Hopson, 177–99. Lexington Books, 2017.

『戦後思想としての東北—高橋富雄を中心に』浪川健治・河西英通共編「グローバル化のなかの日本史像 ―『長期の一九世紀』」岩田書院 (2013)

Book Reviews

『青森県史 資料編 近現代 7:青森論』「弘前大学國史研究」142号 (2017年3月).


Maxson, Hillary著・Hopson, Nathan訳『家計簿と現代日本の家庭料理の成立』「JunCture」11号 (2020年3月)

Contributor: “The Recipes Project

  1. The Nutrition Song: Imperial Japan’s Recipe for National Nutrition” (January 2019)

  2. “’Daily Recipes for Home Cooking (1924)” (April 2019)

  3. Pulverized Food to Pulverize the Enemy!” (April 2020)

  4. Meals on Wheels―The “Kitchen Cars” and American Recipes for the Postwar Japanese Diet” (December 2020)

  5. Say Ohm: Japanese Electric Bread and the Joy of Panko” (May 2021)

More coming...

Rev. Christopher Noss: A Century before Fukushima Daiichi.” Evangelical and Reformed Historical Society Newsletter 38, no. 3 (December 2015).

The Transparency of the Quotidian: Whither Japan?Yale Journal of International Affairs. (Jun 2, 2014)

Public Outreach and Contributions to the Community

Associate Editor, Journal of Frontier Studies

Associate Editor, JunCture (2018-2021)

Member, Historians Workshop

Podcast host, New Books in East Asian Studies (2018-), Food (2019-), Japanese Studies (2020-)

Peace for Our Time? - The 1937 Nagoya Pan-Pacific Peace Exhibition.” Lecture for G30 for Everyone Studium Generale (Nagoya University Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic English Support Section).

Ingrained Habits: The Kitchen Cars and the Transformation of Postwar Japanese Diet and Identity.MSU Asian Studies Center, 2020.

Recent Media Interviews

Springer, Kate. "How KFC became a Christmas tradition in Japan." CNN Travel, December 24, 2019.

Fater, Luke. “How a White Lie Gave Japan KFC for Christmas.” Atlas Obscura, December 13, 2019.

Smith, Marcus. “Ice King, Japanese Ice, Joan of Arc.” Constant Wonder, October 9, 2019.

Fater, Luke. “How American Gunboat Diplomacy Helped Democratize Japanese Shaved Ice.” Atlas Obscura, September 5, 2019.

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