Aaron Stark.pngPh.D. Student
Advisor: Kerry Smith
Research Interests: Modern Japan and East Asia, empire and colonialism, environmental history, mobility studies.

My work revolves around modern Japan and East Asia, and my research interests include empire and colonialism, space and mobility, and environmental history. My current research examines the establishment of the national park system in the Japanese Empire and seeks to show how the accompanying identification, preservation, and monumentalization of select spaces helped to create an imagined “natural” order from which the nation/empire sourced its legitimacy.