Thomas Havens

Professor of History
education Ph.D., 1965, History
University of California, Berkeley
Mailing address 229 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

After 25 years at Connecticut College, two at the University of Illinois, and six at the University of California, Berkeley, Tom Havens came to Northeastern in 1999 as professor and chair of the Department of History.  He teaches courses on Japanese history and East Asian Studies.  Trained in history at Princeton and U.C. Berkeley, he has written books on modern Japanese intellectual, economic, cultural, and environmental history, as well as Japanese foreign relations, arts patronage, avant-garde movements, and long-distance running.  His current research focuses on the history of botanical science and the diffusion of Japanese and East Asian plant species to the rest of the world.

Selected Publications

Nishi Amane and Modern Japanese Thought, Princeton University Press, 1970

Farm and Nation in Modern Japan:  Agrarian Nationalism, 1870-1940, Princeton University Press, 1974

Valley of Darkness:  The Japanese People and World War Two, W. W. Norton, 1978; University Press of America, 1986

The Historical Encyclopedia of World War II (coauthor), Facts-On-File, 1980

Artist and Patron in Postwar Japan:  Dance, Music, Theater, and the Visual Arts1955-1980, Princeton University Press, 1982

Fire Across the Sea:  The Vietnam War and Japan, 1965-1975, Princeton University Press, 1987

Japan Between East and West (coeditor), University Press of America, 1990

Architects of Affluence:  The Tsutsumi Family and the Seibu-Saison Enterprises in Twentieth-Century Japan, Harvard Council on East Asian Studies, 1994

Radicals and Realists in Japanese Nonverbal Arts:  The Avant-Garde and the Rejection of Modernism, University of Hawai`i Press, 2006

Parkscapes:  Green Spaces in Modern Japan, University of Hawai`i Press, 2011

Selected Honors & Awards

National Defense Foreign Language Fellow, Stanford and Columbia Universities, summers 1962, 1963

Ford Foundation Foreign Area Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, and Chuo University, 1963-1965

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Waseda University, 1968, Connecticut College, 1990

Leopold Schepp Foundation Fellow, Waseda University, 1968

Senior Fulbright Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1972-1973

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow, Waseda University, 1976-1977

Japan Foundation Professional Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1980-1981

Social Science Research Council Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1976, 1984

American Philosophical Society Fellow, Waseda University, 1980

U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays Research Fellow, Waseda University, 1990-1991, Tokyo University, 2001-2002

Japan Foundation Professional Research Fellow, Tokyo, summer 2007

Association for Asian Studies NEAC research grant, Tokyo, summer 2009

Visiting Professor, Meiji University, Tokyo, summer 2010

Professional Associations & Affiliations

President, New England Association for Asian Studies, 1981-1982

Grants Committee, National Endowment for the Humanities, 1981, 1988

Advisory Council, East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 1985-2002

Chair of the Board, Associated Kyoto Program, 1985-1987

Associate in Research, Reischauer Institute, Harvard University, 1986-present

Editor in Chief, The Journal of Asian Studies, 1987-1989; review editor, 1985-1987

Board of Directors, Association for Asian Studies, 1987-1990

Fellowship Referee, American Philosophical Society, 1989-present

Fellowship Committee, Institute for International Education Fulbright Awards, 1990-92

John W. Hall Prize Committee, Association for Asian Studies, 1991-1992

Consultative Committee, Research Libraries Information Network, 1993-1996

Council on East Asian Libraries, 1993-1999

California East Asian Libraries Network, 1993-1999

Interviewer, Monbushō/MEXT Graduate Fellowships, Consulates General of Japan, San Francisco and Boston, 1994-2009

Interviewer, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Consulates General of Japan, San Francisco and Boston, 1994-2009

Lecturer and Consultant, Primary Source, Watertown, Mass., 2004-present

Fellowship Referee, American Council of Learned Societies, 2004-2007

Chair, John King Fairbank Prize Committee, American Historical Association, 2009-2011

Visiting Committees:  Brown University, Oberlin College, Macalester College, Dickinson College, Wellesley College, University of New Hampshire, Vassar College, Harvard University (2000-2006)

Manuscript Referee:  University Presses of Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Duke, Oxford, Chicago, SUNY, North Carolina, Kansas, Rutgers, Hawai`i; Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Bedford St. Martin’s, Rowman and Littlefield; The Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Japanese Studies, Canadian Journal of Studies in Nationalism, Critical Asian Studies, Diplomacy and Statecraft, Pacific Affairs, Education About Asia, Southeast Review of Asian Studies, Contemporary Japan