Kim Brandt is a Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and Academic Director for the MA Program in Regional Studies: East Asia (MARSEA). She specializes in twentieth-century Japanese history. Dr. Brandt’s publications include Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan (Duke University Press, 2007). Her new book, to be published by Columbia University Press, is titled Japan Boom: Rethinking the Rise of a World Power, 1945-1965. In it she offers a new perspective on Japan and its changing place in the post-World War II world through topics such as industrial design, atomic diplomacy, and the macrobiotic dietary regimen.
Professor Brandt received her PhD from Columbia (1996) and her BA from Smith College (1984).