Wilson Center Projects
Rethinking Japanese Imperialism
Louise Young is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of History at UW-Madison and is affiliated with the Center for East Asian Studies, where she served as director from 2005-2008. She earned her BA in Political Science at the UW-Madison in 1982 and her PhD in History from Columbia University in 1993. Before joining the faculty at the UW-Madison in 2003, she taught at NYU and Georgetown. She is a social and cultural historian of modern Japan, with research and teaching interests that include international relations, World War Two in Asia, comparative imperialism, urban history, and social thought. Her successive major research projects have focused on the relationship between culture and empire, urban modernism between the wars, and most recently, the idea of class in Modern Japan. She is currently working on a book of essays that examine Japan in the world as a history of the present.
“When Fascism Met Empire in Japanese-occupied Manchuria,” in special issue on Axis Empires: toward a global history of fascist imperialism, Journal of Global History, Vol.12, no. 2 (June 2017): 274-296. Beyond the Metropolis: Second Cities and Modern Life in Interwar Japan (University of California Press, 2013). Japan's Total Empire: Manchuria and the Culture of Wartime Imperialism (University of California Press, 1998)