Peter  Nosco Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Peter Nosco

Professor of Asian Studies
University of British Columbia

I study the intellectual and social history of seventeenth-, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Japan, with published work on Confucianism, nativism, popular culture, underground religious movements, values, the construction of identity, and most recently individuality.


My degrees are from: Columbia University (BA)  Oriental Studies 1971; University of Cambridge (BA)  Japanese Studies 1973 and MA (honorary) 1977; and again Columbia University (PhD) Japanese Thought 1978.  Aside from visiting appointments, I have spent my career at three universities: St. John's University in NY 1979-1986; the University of Southern California 1986-2003; and the University of British Columbia 2003-present.  At each of these universities I provided department-level leadership and received teaching awards, and I have also served as both the elected President of the Academic Senate at USC, and the elected vice president of the Faculty Association at UBC.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    I have published work on Japanese Confucianism, nativism (Kokugaku), popular culture (including a translation of short stories by Ihara Saikaku), underground religious movements, the construction of identity, values, and most recently individuality.  

Personal Interests

    For many years I enjoyed racquetball and longboard surfing, but after moving to Canada in 2003 these were replaced by bicycling and long walks, especially along the shoreline near my home.  I have an amateurish interest in Karl Barth and a serious interest in good food.


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