The East Asia history program at Brown explores the particular historical trajectories of China, Japan and Korea, their interaction within the region, and their place in early modern and modern global histories; it is well positioned both to provide solid training in foundational fields of study and to foster the development of exciting new research agendas. The work of our faculty embraces a wide range of methodologies and analytical frameworks; we have engaged with initiatives in environmental history; science and disaster; history of the book and print culture; comparative urban history; war and displacement; and religion and society. Recent and current graduate students have worked on topics including Japanese mass culture; the birth of the modern Chinese examination; and borderlands and mapmaking. We frequently work with students and faculty across fields, particularly in trans-Pacific history, the history of science and medicine, and the culture of knowledge. We collaborate closely in graduate training with colleagues elsewhere in the Brown community as well, including American Studies, East Asian Studies, and the Watson Institute.

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