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.
- 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)
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