Naoko Shibusawa is Associate Professor of History at Brown University. Trained by Michael Sherry at Northwestern, she was at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa for four years before moving to Brown in 2004. Harvard University Press published her book, America’s Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy, in 2006, and her current book project, Seduced by the East: The Treason Trial of John David Provoo, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press.
She served on the Program Committee for SHAFR’s last two conferences and continues to serve on the Diversity Committee. Committed to topical as well as chronological depth and diversity, she has been invested in bringing into the SHAFR fold, scholars who have not thought to come to SHAFR—and yet research U.S. international or transnational history. Without losing the intimacy and camaraderie that are its strengths, SHAFR should continue to strive to be an intellectual home where scholars engaged in American foreign relations, widely defined, can receive constructive and mutual engagement, critique, and support.
Associate Professor of History, Brown University 2008 -
Assistant Professor of History, Brown University 2004 – 2008
Assistant Professor of History, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa 2000 – 2004
Ph.D. in History, Northwestern University, December 1998
M.A. in History, Northwestern University, June 1993
B.A. in History, University of California at Berkeley, May 1987
Research and teaching interests
U.S. foreign relations and transnational history, U.S. cultural history, Asian American history, history of gender and sexuality
Awards and grants
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation/Andrew W. Mellon Career Enhancement Fellowship, 2007-2008
Northeast Popular Culture Association Peter C. Rollins Book Prize, 2006
American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, 2004-2005
University of Hawai’i Research Relations Fund Award, 2002-2003
University of Hawai’i Arts & Sciences Faculty Award, 2002-2003
Japan-American Society, Chicago Chapter Fellowship, 1996-1997
Center for International and Comparative Studies Graduate Grant, 1995-1996
Northwestern University Graduate Fellowship, 1989-1990
Publications and research
Seduced by the East: The Treason Trial of John David Provoo, Under contract with University of North Carolina Press.
“Femininity, Race and Treachery: How ‘Tokyo Rose’ Became a Traitor to the United States after the Second World War,” Gender & History 22:1 (April 2010): 169–188.
Reprint with new introduction of Taro Yashima’s The New Sun (University of Hawai’i Press, 2008).
America’s Geisha Ally: Re-Imagining the Japanese Enemy (Harvard University Press, 2006, pbk 2010).
Co-edited with Erika Lee, Transnational Asian American Studies, a special issue of Journal of Asian American Studies 8:3 (October 2005).
Co-authored with Erika Lee, “Guest Editors’ Introduction: What is Transnational Asian American Studies? Recent Trends and Challenges,” Journal of Asian American Studies 8:3 (October 2005): vii-xvii.
“’An Artist Belongs to the People’: The Odyssey of Taro Yashima,” Journal of Asian American Studies 8:3 (October 2005): 257-275.
Review of An American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II by Eric Muller in American Historical Review (December 2009): 1488.
Roundtable review of The Myth of American Diplomacy by Walter Hixson in Passport, newsletter of The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, (December 2008).
Review of The Unpredictability of the Past: Memories of the Asia-Pacific War in U.S.-East Asian Relations, edited by Marc Gallicchio in Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 9:1 (Spring 2008).
Review of No Sword to Bury: Japanese Americans in Hawai’i During World War II by Franklin Odo in American Studies Journal 47:3-4 (Fall/Winter 2006): 235-236.
Review of America’s Asia: Literature and Racial Formation by Colleen Lye in Pacific Historical Review 75:3 (August 2006): 504-506.
Review of A Date Which Will Live: Pearl Harbor in American Memory by Emily S. Rosenberg in Journal of American History 91(March 2005): 1519.
Review of The Cold War and the Color Line by Thomas Borstelmann in the Journal of World History 15 (December 2004): 532-5.
Review of Rabbit in the Moon by Emiko Omori and Conscience and the Constitution by Frank Abe in the Journal of American History 88 (December 2001): 1209-10.
Review of Trans-Pacific Racisms and the US Occupation of Japan by Yukiko Koshiro in the Journal of American History 87 (September 2000): 726-27.
“The Geisha in G.I. Khakis: Treachery, Homophobia, and Orientalism in a Cold War Trial,” Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities, Yale University, March 4, 2010.
“Elite Ideologies and Popular Support for U.S. Foreign Policies,” Seoul National University, November 12, 2009.
“Epistemology and Purpose: Area Studies and Asian American Studies Today,” Transpacific Histories and Diaspora Workshop, Northwestern University, February 20, 2009.
“Homophobia, Orientalism and Treason: A Cold War Case,” American Studies Workshop, Harvard University, December 8, 2008.
“‘Tokyo Rose’: a GI Sweetheart? Media, Culture, and the Power of Narrative,” Doshisha University, Kyoto, October 18, 2008.
“Asians, Asian Americans, and the ‘American Century,’” Hampshire College School of Social Science, April 20, 2007.
“America’s Geisha Ally: Re-Imagining the Japanese Enemy,” The International History Workshop, The Center for Force and Diplomacy, Temple University, June 3, 2006.
“A Transpacific No-No Boy: The Treason Trial of Tomoya Kawakita,” Northwestern University Department of History, November 22, 2005.
“Transnational Lives, Transnational Scholarship,” the Freeman Forum, Wesleyan University, November 7, 2005.
“A Boy of Twelve: Maturity and Postwar U.S. Images of Japan,” the Foreign Policy Seminar, University of Connecticut at Storrs, November 4, 2005.
Select conference presentations
“Double Cross-Dressing: Homophobia and Orientalism during the Cold War,” American Studies Association, Philadelphia, October 11, 2007.
“Traitor or Patriot? Taro Yashima and World War II,” Brown University special panel on “Art, Activism & War in Japanese America,” April 11, 2007.
Cultural and Sexual Transgressions: The Treason Trial of John David Provoo,” Organization of American Historians, Washington, DC, April 20, 2006.
“Hollywood’s Japan: Marketing an Ally during the Cold War,” Association of Asian Studies, San Francisco, April 7, 2006.
“‘An Artist Belongs to the People’: The Odyssey of Taro Yashima,” Association of Asian American Studies, Los Angeles, April 22, 2005.
“An International Adventure in Good Will’: Promoting Global Citizenship in The Reader’s Digest, 1945-1954,” Organization of American Historians, Boston, March 27, 2004.
“Baby-san’s Japan: Gender and American Views of Occupied Japan,” International Cultural Studies’ Speaker Series at the East-West Center, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, October 17, 2001.
“Gender, Maturity, and Recasting the Japanese Enemy,” American Studies Association, Montreal, October 1999.
“The Hiroshima Maidens and the Moral Adoptions Program,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Princeton, June 1999.
Program Committee, Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians, 2012.
Program Co-chair, Annual Meeting of Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2010.
Program Committee, Annual Meeting of Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, 2009.
Committee on Minority Historians, SHAFR, 2007-present.
Series co-editor, Transpacific American Studies, University of Hawai’i Press, 2006-2008.
Reviewed manuscripts for Oxford University Press, the University of Hawai’i Press, Cambria Press, Cornell University Press.
Reviewed articles for Diplomatic History, Journal of Asian American Studies, Pacific Historical Review.
Organization of American Historians, Membership Committee, Rhode Island Chair, 2004-present.
History Selection Committee, Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies, 2004.
Organization of American Historians, Membership Committee, Hawai’i Chair, 2001-2004.