Faculty and Staff


William M. Tsutsui

Professor of History
Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences
Modern Japan
Modern East Asia
Environmental History

203 Dallas Hall


Educational Background

PhD Princeton University, 1995
MA Princeton University, 1990
MLitt Oxford University, 1988
AB Harvard University, 1985

Awards and Service

  • Japanese American Leadership Delegation, 2011
  • Chair, Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, 2010-2011
  • George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award, University of Kansas, 2007
  • William Rockhill Nelson Award for Non-Fiction, 2005
  • W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas, 2001
  • Steeples Service to Kansans Award, University of Kansas, 2001
  • ACLS Fellowship, 2001-2002
  • John Whitney Hall Prize, Association for Asian Studies, 2000
  • Newcomen Society Award for Excellence in Business History Research and Writing, Business History Conference, 1998
  • Fulbright-IIE Graduate Research Fellowship, 1991-1992
  • FLAS/National Resource Fellowship in East Asian Studies, Princeton University, 1988-1991
  • Marshall Scholarship, 1985-1987
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1985

Books and Essays

  • Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform during the Occupation (Routledge, 1988.  Re-issued 2010).
  • Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (Princeton University Press, 1998).
  • Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004). Japanese translation: Gojira to Amerika no hanseiki, Kamiyama Kyōko, trans. (Chūō Kōron Shinsha, 2005).
  • Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (Association for Asian Studies, 2010).
  • (editor) Banking in Japan, 3 volumes (Routledge, 1999).
  • (editor with Michiko Ito)  In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
  • (editor) A Companion to Japanese History (Blackwell, 2007), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007. 
  • (editor with Michael Baskett) The East Asian Olympiads, 1934-2008: Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China (Global Oriental/Brill, 2011).

William M. Tsutsui is a specialist in the business, environmental, and cultural history of twentieth-century Japan.  He has authored or edited eight books as well as numerous articles and chapters on topics ranging from Japanese industrial management to the “big bug” movies of the 1950s to the history of Kansas art.  Prior to joining SMU in 2010, Tsutsui spent seventeen years at the University of Kansas, where he served as acting director of KU's Center for East Asian Studies (1999-2001, 2004), chair of the Department of History (2007-2008), founding executive director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas (2006-2008), and associate dean for international studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (2008-2010).  He is a past president of the Kansas State Historical Society and former program committee chair of the Kansas Humanities Council.  His current research interests include Godzilla and the globalization of Japanese popular culture, the Japanese environment during World War II, the obsessions of birdwatching and trainspotting, and the history.

Last updated 10/11