I am a historian of early Japan at the
University of Sydney and editor of PMJS: Premodern Japanese Studies (pmjs.org). My research focuses primarily on the history of cities and architecture before 1800 and I have recently finalized a book manuscript on the urban history of Kyoto from 794 to 1600. Forthcoming from the University of Hawai'i Press, the title will be Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan's Premodern Capital.

Other research interests include comparative urban history, religion, material culture, and art. 

I trained in architectural and urban history at Kyoto University and completed my PhD in East Asian Studies at Princeton University  (2005). I am the history area editor for the journal Japanese Studies

I teach widely on all periods of Japanese history and historiography, research methods in Asian Studies, classical Japanese, and more broadly on the histories and cultures of East Asia. 

I am a native of Michigan and dual citizen of the United States and Australia.


Contact:
Department of Japanese Studies
School of Languages and Cultures
The University of Sydney NSW 2006 AUSTRALIA
+61-2-9351-4805 | FAX +61 2-9351-2319
matthew.stavros@sydney.edu.au