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William M. Tsutsui

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - 11:45 AM

William M. Tsutsui
Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Bent Tree Country Club

William M. (Bill) Tsutsui is dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences and professor of history at Southern Methodist University. He holds degrees from Harvard (A.B. 1985), Oxford (M.Litt. 1988), and Princeton (M.A. 1990, Ph.D. 1995). Prior to joining SMU in 2010, Tsutsui spent seventeen years at the University of Kansas, where he served as acting director of KU's Center for East Asian Studies (1999-2001, 2004), chair of the Department of History (2007-2008), founding executive director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas (2006-2008), and associate dean for international studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (2008-2010).

Dean Tsutsui is the author of Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (Princeton, 1998), Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform During the Occupation (Routledge, 1988), Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004; Japanese edition, Chuo Koron Shinsha, 2005), and Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (Association for Asian Studies, 2010), as well as numerous articles on modern Japanese history. He has also edited Banking in Japan (3 vols, Routledge, 1999), In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage (with Michiko Ito, Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), A Companion to Japanese History (Blackwell, 2006), and The East Asian Olympiads, 1934-2008: Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China (with Michael Baskett, Global Oriental, 2011). He has received Fulbright, ACLS, and Marshall fellowships, and was awarded the Newcomen Society Award for Excellence in Business History in 1998, the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2000, and the William Rockhill Nelson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2005. He has served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society, program committee chair of the Kansas Humanities Council, and chair of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies.

Dean Tsutsui's research and teaching focus on the business, environmental, and cultural history of twentieth-century Japan. His current projects include studies of the environmental impact of World War II on Japan and the history of the phrase "Made in Japan." While at the University of Kansas, he was a faculty fellow at the Center for Teaching Excellence, received a 2001 William T. Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence, and won the Steeples Faculty Award for service to the people of Kansas and the George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award. Since 2000 he has written and administered individual and institutional grants totaling over $5 million from a variety of external funders.

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