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Timothy Yang

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Associate Professor, Department of History
Director of the Center for Asian Studies (CAS)

I specialize in the cultural and socio-economic history of modern Japan, and, particularly, its relationship to Asia and the rest of the world. My current research focuses on the politics of agriculture and capitalism in post-World War II Japan through a re-examination of land reform during the Allied Occupation from the perspective of global food security. I am the author of A Medicated Empire: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Modern Japan (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2021), which was co-awarded the 2022 Hagley Prize for best book in business history and was shortlisted for the 2023 International Convention for Asian Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize in the Social Sciences. I currently teach a broad range of courses in Japanese, East Asian, and global history including HIST2600: East Asia in the World, HIST3601: Pre-Modern Japan, HIST3602: History of Modern Japan, HIST3663: Modern China, HIST3610: Imperialism in East Asia, HIST 4402/6402: World War II in History and Memory, and HIST 4445/6445: A Global History of Drugs. Before UGA, I taught at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University.

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