Naoko Shibusawa is a 20th C. U.S. cultural historian. She studies U.S.empire and political culture, as well as transnational Asian American history. She is interested in how commonplace ideas or ideologies in American culture have supported U.S. domestic and foreign policy and how nonstate actors have reproduced and reinforced state goals.

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Born in Japan, Naoko Shibusawa moved to the United States as a preschooler and grew up in New York, Texas, and California. She received a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. She taught at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for four years before joining Brown's History Department in 2004. She lives in Cranston, RI, with her husband and two daughters.

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Associate Professor
Department of History & Department of American Studies
Phone: +1 401 863 1037

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On The Web:
Radio interview about _America's Geisha Ally_ on Focus 580 with David Inge, 1-4-07
Book review in, 5-5-07
Book review in Foreign Affairs, April/May 2007

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