Matthew Stavros, Ph.D.

I'm an historian of early Japan and the author of Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital (U Hawaii P, 2014). My research focuses primarily on the material culture of premodern Japan and eastern Asia, with special interest in cities, buildings, and monuments.

I trained in architectural and urban history at Kyoto University and read history at Princeton University where I earned a PhD. I teach on all periods of Japanese history and historiography, research methods in Asian Studies, Sino-Japanese diplomatics, and more broadly on the histories and cultures of East Asia and Southeast Asia.

I am a native of Michigan and a citizen of Australia and the United States. I work as the director of the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies.

Contact: ms5999@columbia.edu

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