Michael Weiner is Associate Dean of Faculty, and Professor of East Asian history and International Studies, Soka University of America. He concurrently holds the position of emeritus Professor of Asian Studies at San Diego State University. He served as Managing Editor of Japan Forum (1996-2000) and as Director of the Japan Studies Institute (2000-2005), a national faculty training program funded by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. During his career, Michael Weiner has served as an external examiner for universities in England, Scotland, Norway, Australia, Israel, and the United States, and has held visiting positions or fellowships at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Hokkaido, and Hosei University.
BA (HONS) Sophia University, Tokyo 1976
PHD Modern Japanese History Sheffield 1982
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Michael Weiner has published widely on issues of race, ethnicity, migration, colonialism and nationalism in modern Japan. A number of his publications have appeared in foreign languages, and he has also appeared as an expert commentator in the media (print, radio, television) in the UK, the US, and Japan on numerous occasions. His current research interests include the history of medicine in Japan, with a focus on the treatment of sufferers of Hansen’s disease within the Japanese Empire. His most recent publication, The Pacific Basin: An Introduction, was published in May, 2017 by Routledge, and he has also been commissioned to edit a Routledge Handbook, Race and Ethnicity in Asia.
Personal Interests
I enjoy tennis, power walking, swimming, and have traveled extensively throughout Asia, Europe, and Latin America. I am also an avid collector of mechanical watches.