Professor, Department of History
Laura Hein specializes in the history of Japan in the 20th century and its international relations. Her most recent book is Post-Fascist Japan: Political Culture in Kamakura After the Second World War, London: Bloomsbury, 2018. She also co-edited with Rebecca Jennison Imagination Without Borders: Visual Artist Tomiyama Taeko and Social Responsibility, Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, September 2010. The book accompanies a beautiful website created by the Academic Technologies staff at the Northwestern University Library.
Other work includes Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth Century Japan, (University of California, 2004; Japanese ed. Iwanami 2007), which explores various ways in which economic expertise intersected with politics through a study of the lives of a tight-knit group of Japanese intellectuals. She also has a strong interest in problems of remembrance and public memory, resulting in three co-edited books with Mark Selden: Living with the Bomb: American and Japanese Cultural Conflicts in the Nuclear Age (1997), Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States (2000), and Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to American and Japanese Power (2003).