Modern Japan (nineteenth century to the present); twentieth-century international history; World War II; history-writing and public memory in Asia and the world
A prize-winning historian, her most recent books are Shisōshi toshite no gendai Nihon [Thought and society in contemporary Japan], coedited with Akio Igarashi (Iwanami shoten, 2016) and Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, coedited with Anna Tsing (Duke University Press, 2009). Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, will be published by the University of California Press in 2017, and Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Her articles this year include “Une métahistoire de l’historiographie japonaise d’après-guerre » [A meta-history of postwar Japanese historiography], in L’histoire du Japon et l’histoire au Japon (Regards sur l’histoire, 2016), “Kindai Nihon ni okeru ‘sekinin’ no hen’i [Changes in the meaning of ‘responsibility’ in modern Japan] in Shisōshi toshite no gendai Nihon (Iwanami shoten, 2016), and a short piece on “The Seventieth Anniversary of World War II’s End in Asia,” Journal of Asian Studies 74, no. 3 (August 2015).
She was the Cleveringa Professor for 2014-15 at Leiden University and this past year spoke in Tokyo, Oxford, Paris, Beijing, Accra, and the Hague; she was a Japan Foundation Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo and gave the Marius B. Jansen Memorial Lecture at Princeton and the Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington. She also moderated seminars for the Aspen Institute in Colorado and Berlin. She directs the transnational project on The Politics of Memory in Global Context, which this past year held workshops and symposia in Paris and at the Columbia Global Center | East Asia in Beijing.
At Columbia she has taught undergraduates, graduate students, and students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) for forty years. She has contributed to innovations in undergraduate education at Columbia and around the country, including a four-year $2-million project on Expanding East Asian Studies (www.exeas.org). Her PhD students in Japanese history now teach in universities across the United States, Asia, and Europe.
She is a founding member and now the chair of Columbia’s Committee on Global Thought, and co-directs the WEAI publications program, working with Ross Yelsey and others to produce the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Weatherhead Books on Asia, and Asia Perspectives. She is the Columbia coordinator of the international Consortium on Asian and African Studies (CAAS),a member of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Libraries, and vice-chair of the faculty steering committee of the Columbia Global Center | Europe. She is a member of the National Commission on Language Learning, an elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, member of the Board of Directors of Japan Society, the board of the Weatherhead Foundation, and numerous editorial boards and national and international committees.
Professor Gluck received her BA from Wellesley in 1962 and her PhD from Columbia in 1977. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1975.
Carol Gluck and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, editors, Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon (Duke University Press, 2009).Carol Gluck and Stephen R. Graubard, editors, Showa: The Japan of Hirohito (W.W. Norton, 1993).
Carol Gluck, Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period (Princeton University Press, 1985).
WEAI professor Carol Gluck talks on BBC Radio 4 about the changing power dynamics in Asia. January 3, 2017
WEAI professor Carol Gluck discusses Shinzo Abe’s Pearl Harbor visit in The New York Times. December 25, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck talks to Slate about the possible abdication of Japanese emperor Akihito. August 8, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck talks with WNYC’s “On the Media” about President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. May 23, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck discusses royalty in Japan on BackStory. May 13, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck talks with Slate about the differing ways Japan and the U.S. remember World War II. May 11, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck Delivers the Nancy Bernkopf Tucker Memorial Lecture at The Wilson Center. April 12, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck delivered the keynote speech “Modernity in Common: Japan and World History” at the international conference “Every Picture Tells a Story: The Visualization of Japanese History” at the University of Oslo. March 8, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck participated in the international symposium “Civilians at Stake: Mass Violence in Asia and Europe from 1931 to the Present” at Sciences Po. January 15, 2016
WEAI professor Carol Gluck writes about World War II novels in Public Books. May 4, 2015
Watch WEAI professor Carol Gluck’s March 16, 2015 “Womenomics” event at Asia Society here. March 17, 2015
Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History, receives 2012-2013 Graduate Student Mentoring Award for faculty in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). May 1, 2013
Professor Gluck Receives Order of the Rising Sun. October 4, 2006