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Gregory Smits

Gregory Smits

Associate Professor of History

211 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 863-0172

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. PhD, University of Southern California, 1992
  2. MA, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1987
  3. BA, University of Florida, 1983

Biography:

My research mainly concerns the history of earthquakes in Japan, both the impact of seismicity on society and the history of science. I have written about significance of the 1855 Ansei Edo earthquake and about earthquakes and tsunamis along Japan’s Pacific northeast coast in the modern era. Projected future projects include a history of seismology in Japan and a broadening of the geographic scope of my work on earthquakes to East Asia as a whole. My teaching interests include world history, the history of science and technology, and East Asia.

Recent Publications:

When the Earth Roars: Lessons from the History of Earthquakes in Japan. Rowman and Littlefield, 2014. ISBN 978-1-4422-2009-6.

Seismic Japan: The Long History and Continuing Legacy of the Ansei Edo Earthquake. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0824838171.

琉球王国の自画像:近世沖縄思想史. 訳 渡辺美季. ぺりかん社, 2011. ISBN978-4-8315-1298-7 (Japanese edition of Visions of Ryukyu, Watanabe Miki, main translator).

Bettina Gramlich-Oka, co-editor. Economic Thought in Early-Modern Japan. Brill, 2010. ISBN 978-90-04-18383-4.

Recent Courses:

HIST 010 - World History I
HIST 011 - World History II 
RL ST 104 - Introduction to Buddhism
ASIA 100 - What is Asia?

Research Interests:

East Asia:
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