Paul Dunscomb

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Department of History
ADM 147L

(907) 786-1728


  • Ph.D., History, University of Kansas, 2001
  • M.A., History, State University of New York at Albany, 1995
  • B.S., Communications, Ithaca College, 1985


Paul Dunscomb covers East Asian History for the department. He worked in broadcast television for several years before beginning graduate studies in history. He lived in Japan for two years while working on his Ph.D. dissertation. While his initial research focused on Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922 and Japanese Imperialism his most recent work attempts to bring not only Postwar Japan but events of the last two and a half decades into focus. His current work examines the crisis in Japanese professional baseball of 2004 as a means to understand the nature of change in Japan during the early Heisei period (1989-2009).

Teaching Responsibilities

  • HIST A121, History A122, East Asian Civilization I & II
  • HIST A320, Rise, Fall and Reinvention of the Samurai 
  • HIST A321, Modern China 
  • HIST A322, Modern Japan 
  • HIST A323, "Communist" China 
  • HIST/INTL/PS A325 Northeast Asia in the 21st Century 
  • HIST A330, Russia in East Asia 
  • HIST A377, Historiography 
  • HIST A390, Themes in World History: Urbanity! The City in History or Disaster!
  • HIST A402, The Second World War
  • HIST A444, Advanced Studies in Film History, World War II in American Film
  • HIST A477, Senior Seminar


Japan Since 1945 (Key Issues in Asian Studies, No. 15. Resources for Teaching About Asia). Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies 2014.

 “Images of What Never Was to Suggest What Might Be: Japanese popular culture and Japaneseness,” in The Dynamics of Cultural Counterpoint in Asian Studies, edited by David Jones and Michele Marion. (Albany: SUNY Press, 2014).

Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922: “A Great Disobedience Against the People” (New York: Lexington Books, 2011), Second work in their New Studies of Modern Japan series.

“Dogs, Demons, and Dai-Guard: Preserving the Peace of Tokyo in 2030,” East West Connections (Summer 2006): 15-25.

“’A Great Disobedience Against the People:’ Popular Press Criticism of Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922,” The Journal of Japanese Studies, vol. 32, no. 1 (Winter 2006): 53-81.