Andrew Gordon

Professor Gordon teaches courses on modern Japanese history with a primary research interest in labor, class and the social and political history of modern Japan. His most recent book, Fabricating Consumers, examines the making of the modern consumer in 20th century Japan, with a particular focus on the sewing machine.  He is currently working with colleagues in Japan and the United States to create a digital archive of Japan’s March 2011 disasters.

Selected Publications
  • Fabricating Consumers:  The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011.
  • Nihonjin ga shiranai Matsuzaka mejaa kakumei [Matsuzaka’s Unknown Major League Revolution] Asahi shinsho (2007)
  • The Modern History of Japan (2002) Second edition forthcoming 2008
  • The Wages of Affluence (1999)
  • Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan (1991)
  • The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan: Heavy Industry, 1853-1955 (1985)
Andrew Gordon

Position: Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History; Director, Reishauer Institute of Japanese Studies

Field: East Asia

Specialty: Labor, class and the social and political history of modern Japan

Fall 2013:
History and Anthropology 1923: Japan's 2011 Disasters and Their Aftermath: A Workshop on Digital Research
- History 2653: Historiography of Modern Japan: Proseminar

Spring 2014:
- History 2651 Japanese History: Seminar
- Societies of the World 13: Japan in Asia and the World

Contact Info

Center for Government and International Studies-South Building

Room S236

1730 Cambridge Street

Cambridge, MA 02138



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