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.
- “New and Enduring Dual Structures of Employment in Japan: The Rise of Non-Regular Labor, 1980s-2010s,” in Social Science Japan Journal 20, no. 1 (2017): 9-36.
- Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2011).
- Nihonjin ga shiranai Matsuzaka mejaa kakumei [Matsuzaka’s Unknown Major League Revolution] (Asahi Shinsho, 2007).
- A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present (Oxford University Press, 2002) - 3rd edition published in 2013.
- The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan (Harvard University Press, 1998).
- Postwar Japan as History (University of California Press, 1993).
- Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan (University of California Press, 1991).
- The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan: Heavy Industry, 1853-1955 (Harvard University Press, 1985).
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