Sidney X. Lu


Sidney Lu is a historian of modern Japan, with research interests in the areas of colonialism, diaspora, gender, and transnational flow of people, materials and ideas. He is currently working on a book manuscript examining the relationship between Japanese trans-Pacific migration to North and South America and the construction of the Japanese colonial empire in Asia. He teaches courses on history of modern Japan, East Asia and modern world. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Pennsylvania (2013).

Selected Publications

“Good Women for Empire: Educating Overseas Female Emigrants in Imperial Japan, 1900-1945,”Journal of Global History, vol. 8, issue. 3 (Nov. 2013), 436-460.

“The Shame of Empire: Japanese Overseas Prostitutes and Prostitution Abolition in Modern Japan, 1880s-1920s,”positions: asia critique,  vol. 24, no. 4 (November 2016), 839-873.

“Colonizing Hokkaido and the Origin of Japanese Trans-Pacific Expansion, 1869-1894,”Japanese Studies, vol. 36, no. 2 (2016), 251-274.

Teaching Interests

Professor Lu teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern Japan and East Asia. He accepts graduate students working on nineteenth and twentieth centuries Japan.


Position: Assistant Professor

Field: Transnational history, Migration, Colonialism, Gender, Ethnicity
Region: Japan, Asia & Pacific

Office: 107B Old Horticulture
Phone: 517-884-4866