Simon Avenell

Prof Simon Avenell


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Simon Avenell is Professor in the School of Culture, History, and Language and Associate Dean (Higher Degrees by Research), ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. He specializes in modern Japanese history, civic activism, civil society, environmental history, and transnational history. His work has been published in major Japan and area studies journals such as The Journal of Japanese Studiespositions: east asia cultures critiqueSocial Science Japan JournalEnvironmental History and Modern Asian Studies.  In 2010 the University of California Press published his monograph, Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan, a history of civic thought, social activism, and civil society in postwar Japan.  His latest book, Transnational Japan in the Global Environmental Movement (University of Hawaii Press, 2017)explores the contributions of Japanese environmental activists in environmental movements worldwide from the 1960s onward.  He is currently researching connections between Japan and Asia in the postwar era. From 2014 to 2016 he served as director of the ANU Japan Institute. Before joining the ANU in 2013 he was an Associate Professor and Deputy Head in the Department of Japanese Studies at the National University of Singapore (2003-2012).

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History, PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Award Date: 24 May 2003