Henry Wendt III '55 Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University
Most of Leheny's diverse research projects involve Japan's reaction to and adoption of international norms, or standards of behavior that have prescriptive and constitutive effects on state action. He is the author of two books, both published by Cornell University Press. Think Global, Fear Local: Sex, Violence, and Anxiety, published in 2006, examines how two different norms involving security and policing became useful for political elites interested in expanding the coercive authority of the state. In covering counterterrorism rules and laws regarding "compensated dating" (enjo kôsai), Think Global, Fear Local broadly engages Japanese debates about crime, sexual morality, and regional security. His previous book, The Rules of Play: National Identity and the Shaping of Japanese Leisure, investigated Japanese leisure and tourism policies in the 20th century, demonstrating how they were shaped not only by changing industrial policy formulations but also by long-term constructions of Japan as an advanced industrial nation like any other, and yet as culturally unique. Choice magazine named The Rules of Play one of its "Outstanding Academic Titles" of 2003.
Associate Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Bringing critical theory to bear on questions of power in modern societies, Julia Thomas investigates concepts of nature in Japanese political ideology, the impact of environmental history on historiography, and photography as a political practice. Her book, Reconfiguring Modernity, received the John K. Fairbank Prize from the American Historical Association in 2002 and her essay on wartime memory in Japan, "Photography, National Identity, and the 'Cataract of Times:' Wartime Images and the Case of Japan" in the American Historical Review received the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' Best Article of the Year Award in 1999.