William Tsutsui

Dean, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Dean's Office

Ph.D. History, Princeton University (1995);
M.A. History, Princeton University (1990);
M.Litt, History, Oxford University (1988);
A.B. East Asian Studies, Harvard University (1985)

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Research/Teaching Interests

Business History of 20th Century Japan, Economic History of 20th Century Japan, Environmental, Popular Culture, Japanese Environment during World War II, History of the Visual Arts on the Great Plains

Selected Publications

Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform During the Occupation, London and New York: Routledge, 1988.

Manufacturing Ideology:  Sciencetific Managementin Twentieth-Century Japan, Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 1998.

Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters, New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization, Ann Arbor, MI: Association for Asian Studies, Key Issues in Asian Studies Series, 2010.

Banking in Japan, London and New York:  Routledge, 1999.

In Godzilla's Footsteps:  Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage, New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. William M. Tsutsui and Michiko Ito.

A Companion to Japanese History, Oxford:  Blackwell, 2007.

The East Asian Olympiads:  Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China, Leiden:  Global Oriental, 2011. William M. Tsutsui and Michael Baskett. t


Distinctions, Grants and Honors

2000-2011 $5.1 million in external funding, including grants from the Freeman Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Longview Foundation, the National Foreign Language Center, the Japanese-U.S. Friendship Commission, and the Toshiba Foundation. 

2005 'William Rockhill Nelson Award for Non-Fiction' (for best book by a Kansas or Missouri author published in 2004), The Writers Place and The Kansas City Star

2004-2005 Kauffman Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar

2001-2002 ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship

2001 W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Kansas.

2000 John Whitney Hall Prize (for best book on Japan or Korea published in 1998), Association for Asian Studies

1998 Newcomen Society Award for Excellence in Business History Research and Writing

1991-1992 Fulbright Graduate Research Fellowship

1985-1988 Marshall Scholarship

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, former program committee chair of the Kansas Humanities Council, and currently serves as chair of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. While at the University of Kansas, he was a faculty fellow at the Center for Teaching Excellence and won the Steeples Faculty Award for service to the people of Kansas and the George and Eleanor Woodyard International Educator Award. His current projects include sports in Japanese history, Godzilla and the globalization of Japanese popular culture, the Japanese environment during World War II, the history of the phrase "Made in Japan."