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DAVID L. HOWELL
Professor of Japanese History Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Professor David Howell grew up in Hilo, Hawai'i. After graduating from the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, he studied at Hokkaido University in Sapporo and attended Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in History. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1989 to 1992 and Princeton University from 1993 to 2010. He joined the Harvard faculty in 2010. He has written two books - Capitalism from Within:Economy, Society, and the State in a Japanese Fishery (1995) and Geographies of Identity in Nineteenth-Century Japan (2005) - and numerous articles, including "The Social Life of Firearms in Tokugawa Japan" (Japanese Studies, 2009); "The Girl with the Horse-Dung Hairdo," in Looking Modern: East Asian Visual Culture from the Treaty Ports to World War II (2010); and "Making 'Useful Citizens' of Ainu Subjects in Early-Twentieth-Century Japan" (Journal of Asian Studies, 2004). Professor Howell's current research is on the fear of social disorder in the decades preceding the Meiji Restoration.