Matthew Stavros, Ph.D.
Matthew Stavros is an historian of Japan at the University of Sydney and former director of the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. He is the author of Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan's Premodern Capital (University of Hawai'i Press, 2014) and In Praise of Solitude: Two Japanese Classics on Reclusion (Vicus Lusorum, 2022). His research focuses primarily on the material culture of premodern Japan and eastern Asia, with particular interest in cities, buildings, and monuments. He trained in architectural and urban history at Kyoto University and read history at Princeton University where he earned a PhD. He teaches Japanese history, modern and classical Japanese, and more broadly on the histories and cultures of East and Southeast Asia.