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Research Interests:
Humanities, Social Sciences
Discipline: History
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Takahiro Yamamoto, a historian focused on modern East Asia and the Pacific, has joined SUTD as a lecturer in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) cluster. He obtained BA (Liberal Arts) at The University of Tokyo, then received MA in Law and Diplomacy at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. His PhD in international history is from London School of Economics (2016). Before coming to SUTD, he held research and teaching positions at University of Heidelberg (Germany), NYU Shanghai, The University of Tokyo, and London School of Economics. His publications include a monograph Demarcating Japan: Islanders, Imperialism, and Mobility, 1855-1884 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2023) and an edited volume Documenting Mobility in the Japanese Empire and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). He has been broadly interested in the history of modern Japan from a global perspective, focusing on border-crossing activities and human mobility control. He is currently working on the history of ID photos in twentieth-century Japan. His research has been funded by, among others, European Association of Japanese Studies, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Baden-Württemberg Foundation, and Japan Science and Technology Agency.

Takahiro Yamamoto