Paul Dunscomb

Full Professor
Office: ADM 147L
Phone: (907) 786-1728
Email: pedunscomb@uaa.alaska.edu


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

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
INTL/HIST/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
HIST A390, Themes in World History: Disaster!
HIST A402, The Second World War
HIST A444, Advanced Studies in Film History, World War II in American Film
HIST A477, Senior Seminar
Contributor: PS A492, Senior Seminar in Politics
HIST A590, Chinese Culture in Context (professional development rubric for Anchorage School District Summer Academy workshop, 2011, 2014)
HIST A 590, Teaching Postwar Japan (professional development rubric for Anchorage School District Summer Academy workshop, 2012-2013)


1. Books

Japan Since 1945 (Key Issues in Asian Studies, No. 15. Resources for Teaching About Asia). Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies 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. Nominated for Association for Asian Studies John Whitney Hall Prize for Best Book on Japan.

2. Articles and Essays

“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). 

“Anime and Manga 101; a Primer for the Confused and the Curious,” Asian Educational Media Service News and Reviews, Winter 2009.

Bringing Japanese Pop Culture Travelers into Your Classroom: Perils, Pitfalls, and Payoffs,” Education About Asia, vol. 11, no. 3 (Winter 2006): 49-52.

"Dogs, Demons, and Dai-Guard: Peserving 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.

3. Book/Video Reviews

Yukiko Koshiro, “Imperial Eclipse: Japan’s Strategic Thinking About Continental Asia Before August 1945,” Pacific Affairs. Delivered November 1, 2013.

Nicholas Papastratigakis, “Russian Imperialism and Naval Power; Military Strategy and the Build-up to the Russo-Japanese War,” Journal of World History, vol. 23, no. 4 (December, 2012).

Jeff Kingston, “Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s,” History: Reviews of New Books, vol. 40, no. 4 (2012): 118-119.

Ronnie Littlejohn, “Confucianism: An Introduction,” East West Connections (summer 2012).

“The Roots of Japanese Anime; Until the end of WWII,” DVD, Education About Asia, vol.14, no.2 (Winter 2009): 70-71.

Paranoia Agent” Anime series directed by Satoshi Kon, Education About Asia, vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring 2007): 66.

Walter Grunden, “Secret Weapons and World War II: Japan in the Shadow of Big Science,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History (Spring 2007): 673-74.

Spirits of the State: Japan’s Yasukuni Shrine” DVD, Asian Educational Media Service News and Reviews, vol. 9, no. 1 (spring 2006): 6.

4. Recent (Upcoming) Papers and Presentations

“And Cute Shall Be Our Doom; Cultural Perspectives on Japan’s Pursuit of Human Form Robots,” Asian Studies Development Program, 21st National Conference, Branson, MO, March 19-21, 2015.

“The Crisis in Japanese Professional Baseball of 2004 and the Transformation of Heisei Japan,” Japan Studies Association Annual Conference, San Diego, January 8-10, 2015.

“The Crisis in Japanese Professional Baseball of 2004: What Happened and What did it Mean?” Asian Studies Development Program 20th National Conference, Houston, TX March 15-16, 2014.

“Postwar Japan is Over; So Why Isn’t It?” Asian Studies Development Program 19th Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, February 28-March 2, 2013.

“Postwar Japan is Over; So Why Isn’t It?” Alaska World Affairs Council, February 8, 2013.

Discussant, “Twentieth Century Baseball in the United States and Japan: Trappings of Cultural Sharing and Modernity.” Social Science History Association, Vancouver, November 1-4, 2012.

Discussant, “Engaging Pacific War Memories: The New Face of War Narratives in the United States, Japan, Korea and Australia.” Association for Asian Studies National Conference, Toronto, March 15-18, 2012. Read paper “The Fate of Our Men is…to date unknown.

“Teaching Postwar Japan: Overcoming the Tyranny of an Adjective,” Asian Studies Development Program 18th Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA, March 26, 2012.

“’A Situation in Which We Can Only Come Out Losers:’ The Significance of Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922.” Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, May 9 2011.

“’A Great Disobedience Against the People’: The Significance of Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922.” The Oxford Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, May 6, 2011.

Organized Panel “Accommodating Empire: Popular and Official Perspectives on Japanese Expansion, 1868-1945,” for the Association for Asian Studies National Conference Honolulu, HI, April 3 2011. Presented paper “’Who Must Take Responsibility for this Crime?’ The Hara Cabinet and Japan’s Siberian Intervention.”

“Images of What Never Was to Suggest What Might Be; Japanese Popular Culture and Japaneseness.” National Consortium for Teaching about Asia and the Honolulu Academy of Arts,Images as Tools for Teaching and Understanding: A Workshop on Japanese Images and Identities for K-12 Teachers, Saturday, April 2, 2011

“’A Great Disobedience Against the People:’ Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1922.” UAA Bookstore, April 4, 2011.

“Can Japan be Changed? Lessons of the Forgotten Postwar,” Alaska World Affairs Council, March 11, 2011.

“Recovering the Lost Decades: The Heisei Period as History,” Asian Studies Development Program, “Workshop on Contemporary Japan,” Johnson County Community College (Kansas City, Kansas), October 15, 2010.

“’An Expensive Lesson,’ Thoughts on Japan’s Siberian Intervention, 1918-1920.” Asian Studies Development Program 16th Annual Meeting, Honolulu Hawaii, June 30, 2010.

“Accommodating Chinese Power and the UAA Confucius Institute.” Warm up act for Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska World Affairs Council, February 19, 2010.

“The Lost Decade as History: Too Soon or Not Soon Enough.” Japan Studies Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 8, 2010.

“The World of the Shining Prince,” in conjunction with UAA Tale of Genji Picture Scroll Exhibit, November 13, 2009.

"Images of what never was to suggest what might be; Japanese popular culture and Japaneseness." University of Washington, “Images as Tools: A Seminar on Teaching About Japan.” Association of Asian Studies Northeast Asia Council, October 31, 2009.

"The Lost Decade: Death Agony of the Postwar Consensus in Japan?" University of Kansas, Center for East Asian Studies, September 24, 2009.

“Whatever Happened to Japan: The Economic Superpower That Never Was,” Johnson County Community College special lecture series, September 21, 2009.

"Tales from the Floating 'Hood: arguing Japaneseness in Anime and Popular Culture" Greater Kansas City Japan Festival, Johnson County Community College, Kansas, September 19, 2009.

“Whatever Happened to Japan: The Economic Superpower That Never Was,” Alaska World Affairs Council, May 15 2009. “Tales of the Floating ‘Hood and Monstrous Cute: Creating a Usable Pop Culture Past in Japan.” Asian Studies Development Program 15th National Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 6, 2009.