Sidney X. Lu


Sidney Lu is a historian of modern Japan, with research interests in the areas of gender, colonialism and migration from transnational and global perspectives. He is currently completing a book manuscript examining the nexus between Japanese trans-Pacific migration to North and South America and Japanese settler colonialism in Asia by focusing on the dimensions of demography, gender and race. He teaches courses about Japan, East Asia and the 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.

“Japanese American Migration and the Making of Model Women for Japanese Expansion in Brazil and Manchuria, 1871- 1945,” Journal of World History, vol. 28, no. 3&4 (December, 2017), forthcoming


Position: Assistant Professor

Field: Transnational history, Gender, Migration, Colonialism, Race
Region: Japan, East Asia, the Pacific

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