I'm a historian of early Japan at the University of Sydney and the author of Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan's Premodern Capital. My research focuses primarily on the urban and architectural history of Japan to 1800 yet my interests extend to religion, material culture, and monumentalism in East and Southeast Asia. I'm currently working on a biography of Ashikaga Yoshimitsu that focuses on the warrior-aristocrat's material legacy.

I trained in architectural and urban history at Kyoto University and read history at Princeton University, where I earned a PhD in East Asian Studies. I teach 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.

I am the editor of PMJS: Premodern Japanese Studies

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