Carol Gluck

Carol Gluck

Research Interest

Modern Japan (nineteenth century to the present); twentieth-century international history; World War II; history-writing and public memory in Asia and the world.

Professor Gluck is a prize-winning historian, whose most recent books include 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, and Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Some of her recent articles 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 okerusekinin’ 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 40 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 ( 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 is a member of the publications committee responsible for 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, cochair 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.



Gluck, Carol, and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, eds. Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon. Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

Gluck, Carol, and Stephen R. Graubard, eds. Showa: The Japan of Hirohito. New York: W.W. Norton, 1993.

Gluck, Carol. Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1985.