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Timothy Yang

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Associate Professor
Director of the Center for Asian Studies

I specialize in the cultural and socio-economic history of modern Japan, and, particularly, its relationship to Asia and the rest of the world. I am also the Director of UGA's Center for Asian Studies. My current research focuses on the politics of agriculture and capitalism in post-World War II Japan through a re-examination of land reform during the Allied Occupation from the perspective of global food security. I am the author of A Medicated Empire: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Modern Japan (Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2021), which was co-awarded the 2022 Hagley Prize for best book in business history and was shortlisted for the 2023 International Convention for Asian Scholars (ICAS) Book Prize in the Social Sciences. I currently teach a broad range of courses in Japanese, East Asian, and global history including HIST2600: East Asia in the World, HIST3601: Pre-Modern Japan, HIST3602: History of Modern Japan, HIST3663: Modern China, HIST3610: Imperialism in East Asia, HIST 4402/6402: World War II in History and Memory, and HIST 4445/6445: A Global History of Drugs. Before UGA, I taught at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon and I was a postdoctoral fellow in the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard University.


PhD, Columbia University, 2013

AB, Dartmouth College, 2003

Events featuring Timothy Yang
101 LeConte Hall

Join us as Dr. Timothy Yang discusses his research and new book,

Articles Featuring Timothy Yang

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 -

Doctoral student Devin Jerome talked to Timothy Yang recently about his new book, A Medicated Empire: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Modern Japan (Cornell University Press, 2021).

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