Professor and Chair, Department of History, University of Rhode Island
Timothy George's research interests in Japanese history include environmental history, postwar history, local history, and citizen-corporation-state relations from Meiji to the present. He has been involved in the Constitutional Revision in Japan Research Project since its inception in 2005. His publications include Minamata: Pollution and the Struggle for Democracy in Postwar Japan (2001), “Tanaka Shōzō's Vision of an Alternative Constitutional Modernity for Japan” (in Public Spheres, Private Lives in Modern Japan, 1600-1950: Essays in Honor of Albert M. Craig, 2005), “Toroku: Mountain Dreams, Chemical Nightmares” (in Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power, 2013), Japanese History and Culture from Ancient to Modern Times: Seven Basic Bibliographies (co-authored with John W. Dower, second ed., 1995), and Japan since 1945: From Postwar to Post-Bubble (co-edited with Christopher Gerteis, 2013). Translations he has directed and/or co-translated include Harada Masazumi, Minamata Disease (2004); Saitō Hisashi, Niigata Minamata Disease (2009), and Mikuriya Takashi and Nakamura Takafusa, Politics and Power in 20th-Century Japan: The Reminiscences of Miyazawa Kiichi (2015). He is particularly interested in the historical context of the patterns of civic activism in the current debate.