Frederick R. Dickinson

Modern Japan, modern political, international, World History
Professor of History
College Hall 311 E
Office Hours: 
By appointment
215 898.2766

Frederick R. Dickinson is Professor of Japanese History, Co-Director of the Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies, and Deputy Director of the Penn Forum on Japan (PFJ). Born in Tokyo and raised in Kanazawa and Kyoto, Japan, he teaches courses on modern Japan, on empire, politics and nationalism in East Asia and the Pacific, and on World History. He received an MA (1987) and PhD (1993) in History from Yale University and holds an MA in International Politics from Kyoto University (Kyoto, Japan, 1986). He is the author of War and National Reinvention: Japan in the Great War, 1914 - 1919 (Harvard University Asia Center, 1999), Taisho tenno (Taisho Emperor, Minerva Press, 2009) and World War I and the Triumph of a New Japan, 1919-1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2013). Currently, he is working on a global history of modern Japan.

Dickinson has received grants from the Japanese Ministry of Education, the Fulbright Commission, and the Japan Foundation and was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford University, 2000-1) and a Research Scholar at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto, Japan, 2011-12).  He has held visiting professorships at Swarthmore College, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Kyoto University and Kwansei Gakuin University (Nishinomiya, Japan).

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Courses Taught: 
  • HIST 001 Making of a Modern World
  • HIST 091 Modern Japanese History
  • HIST 206 Greater East Asia War
  • HIST 206 Imperial Asia
  • HIST 206 Pacific World
  • HIST 395 East Asian Diplomacy
  • HIST 630 History and Historiography of Transnational Asia
  • HIST 630 Readings in Modern Japanese History
  • HIST 670 Teaching World History