Born in Japan and raised in Houston, Texas, Naoko Shibusawa (Northwestern PhD., MA; UC Berkeley, BA) is a historian of U.S. political culture and teaches courses on U.S. empire. In addition to her first book, America's Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy (Harvard, 2006), she has written on transnational Asian American identities, Cold War ideologies, the Lavender Scare, and the Kinsey Report. She is currently working on a book manuscript of a Cold War era treason trial.
"The Kinsey Report" in Blower and Bradley, eds., Making the Familiar Strange: Iconic American Texts after the Transnational Turn.
Co-edited with Michele Mitchell and Stephan F. Miescher, Gender, Imperialism, and Global Exchanges.
|Mitchell, Michele, Shibusawa with Stephan F. Miescher, Naoko Guest Editors' Introduction: Gender, Imperialism and Global Exchanges. Gender & History. 2014; 26 (3) : 393-413.|
"Ideology, Culture, and the Cold War" in Immerman and Goedde, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Cold War.
|SHIBUSAWA, NAOKO "The Lavender Scare and Empire: Rethinking Cold War Antigay Politics". Diplomatic History. 2012; 36 (4) : 723-752.|
"Elite Ideologies and Popular Support for U.S. Foreign Policies".
American Studies (Seoul). 2010; 33 (2)
|"Femininity, Race and Treachery: How ‘Tokyo Rose’ Became a Traitor to the United States after the Second World War". Gender & History. 2010; 22 (1) : 169-188.|
|Shibusawa, Naoko Eric L. Muller . American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese American Disloyalty in World War II. (H. Eugene and Lillian Youngs Lehman Series.) Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press . 2007 . Pp. 197. $27.50. . The American Historical Review. 2009; 114 (5) : 1488-1488.|
America's Geisha Ally: Reimagining the Japanese Enemy.
|Shibusawa, Naoko "'The Artist Belongs to the People' The Odyssey of Taro Yashima" . Journal of Asian American Studies. 2005; 8 (3) : 257-275.|
|With Erika Lee, Guest Editor's Introduction: "What is Transnational Asian American History?: Recent Trends and Challenges". Journal of Asian American Studies. 2005; 8 (3) : vii-xvii.|
Naoko Shibusawa is a historian U.S. political culture. She studies U.S.empire and political culture, as well as transnational Asian American history. She is interested in how commonplace ideas or ideologies in American culture have supported U.S. domestic and foreign policy and how nonstate actors have reproduced and reinforced state goals.
Her first book, America's Geisha Ally: Re-Imagining the Japanese Enemy (Harvard 2006, pbk 2010, Chinese trans, 2012, 2nd Chinese trans, 2017), examines how Americans were able to accept the Japanese as valuable Cold War allies so quickly after a brutal and racialized war. Her current book project explores the orientalism in Cold War homophobia and seeks to understand why sexual practices became important for surveillance during the advent of the national security state. She has also written on Cold War ideology and Euromodernity.
|1987||BA||University of California, Berkeley|
Northeast Popular Cultural Association Peter C. Collins prize for best book, 2006.
Brown University Karen T. Romer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, 2012.
Brown University William G. McLoughlin Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences, 2017
|AMST 1904V - Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World|
|HIST 0559B - Asian Americans and Third World Solidarity|
|HIST 1553 - Empires in America to 1890|
|HIST 1554 - American Empire Since 1890|
|HIST 1900 - American Empire Since 1890|
|HIST 1972G - Settler Colonialism + US Military Empire in the Pacific|
|HIST 1974J - Decolonizing Minds: A People's History of the World|
|HIST 1992 - History Honors Workshop for Prospective Thesis Writers|
|HIST 1993 - History Honors Workshop for Thesis Writers, Part I|