Professor Michael Lewis

PhD. and M.A. History Stanford University; M.A. Chinese Studies, Claremont Graduate School
Professor

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 4718

Biographical details

Michael Lewis is an historian of modern Japan with research interests in the intersections of social, cultural, and scientific history. He has written major studies on mass movements in nineteenth and twentieth century Japan and, more recently, focused on the crowd’s popular “intellectuals,” satirists and singers, and their inconsistent roles in movements for greater economic and political equality in Japan, and stands taken for and against the prewar Japanese empire. He is also researching the history of psychiatry in modern Japan by exploring the lives of medical professionals who introduced Western therapies from the late nineteenth century through the 1940s. Before joining the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney, he directed the Asian Studies Centre at Michigan State University, where he led in creating the first All-Asia U.S. Department of Education National Resource Centre.

Professor Lewis has served as visiting scholar at Harvard, Stanford, University of Tokyo, and other universities. Harvard University Press, University of Hawaii Press, and Cornell University Press are a few of the presses for which he has worked as manuscript reviewer. He also edited the on-line journal Studies on Asia as well as other publications.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • Professor Lewis has taught a wide range of courses in Japanese and East Asian History at both the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as general courses on historiography. He has conducted graduate seminars on the politics of protest in Japan, imperialism, and Sino-Japanese modern international relations

Supervision

  • Professor Lewis has served as advisor to Asian Studies program and history undergraduate students in the U.S. university system. He has also directed the Japan Centre for Michigan Universities in Hikone and the Konan University Consortium Program in Kobe.
  • At the graduate level, he has advised M.A. and doctoral students in History and has served on graduate student thesis and dissertation committees in Linguistics, Education, and other fields.

Current projects

Professor Lewis is presently researching a study of nineteenth and twentieth century Japanese pioneers in introducing humane therapies for treating mental illness. The study examines the movement to decriminalize illness and introduce new therapies, including psychoanalysis. He has recently completed research on this project at Tokyo’s Waseda and Keio Universities.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Lewis, M. (2009). A Life Adrift: Soeda Azemb�?, Popular Song, and Modern Mass Culture in Japan. United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

Book Chapters

  • Lewis, M. (2005). Taming Time in Toyama: Central Calendars, Local Morals, and Pragmatism in Prewar Rural Japan. In M. William Steele, et al. (Eds.), From Local History to Global History: Culturally Diverse Historiography and Local History [Rookaru hisutorii kara guroobaru hisutorii e]. Japan: Iwata Shoin.

Journals

  • Lewis, M. (2011). Japan's Democratization: Miyatake Gaikotsu on Prewar Plans and Postwar Programs. Modern Asian Studies, 45(4), 931-971. [More Information]
  • Lewis, M. (2010). Japan's democratization: Miyatake Gaikotsu on Prewar Plans and Postwar Programmes. Modern Asian Studies, , 1-41. [More Information]
  • Lewis, M. (2010). Review of Partner's "The Mayor of Aihara: A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865–1925". The Journal of Asian Studies, 69(1), 269-271.
  • Lewis, M. (2006). Baseball and Besuboru: Introduction. Studies on Asia (Online), 3(2), 102-103.
  • Lewis, M. (2006). Reflections on Moe Berg's Japan Reflections. Studies on Asia (Online), 3(2), 141-148.

Edited Journals

  • Lewis, M., Londo, W. (2006). Baseball and Besuboru In Japan and The U.S.: Studies on Asia Series III, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2006. Studies on Asia (Online), 3(2).

Conferences

  • Lewis, M. (2010). History and the future of Asian studies. Yonsei University 125th anniversary Asian Studies conference: "the era of Asia and the future of Asian studies", Seoul: Yonsei Unversity Press.
  • Lewis, M. (2007). Rivers, Peripheries, and Politics in the Making of Japan's Modern History: The Case of Toyama. 5th International Water History Association Conference IWHA 2007, United Kingdom: International Water History Association.
  • Lewis, M. (2006). Found But Lost: Exploring the Meaning of Kurobo Gama. 4th International Conference on Okinawan Studies 2002, Germany: Bier'sche Verlagsanstalt.

2011

  • Lewis, M. (2011). Japan's Democratization: Miyatake Gaikotsu on Prewar Plans and Postwar Programs. Modern Asian Studies, 45(4), 931-971. [More Information]

2010

  • Lewis, M. (2010). History and the future of Asian studies. Yonsei University 125th anniversary Asian Studies conference: "the era of Asia and the future of Asian studies", Seoul: Yonsei Unversity Press.
  • Lewis, M. (2010). Japan's democratization: Miyatake Gaikotsu on Prewar Plans and Postwar Programmes. Modern Asian Studies, , 1-41. [More Information]
  • Lewis, M. (2010). Review of Partner's "The Mayor of Aihara: A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865–1925". The Journal of Asian Studies, 69(1), 269-271.

2009

  • Lewis, M. (2009). A Life Adrift: Soeda Azemb�?, Popular Song, and Modern Mass Culture in Japan. United Kingdom: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2007

  • Lewis, M. (2007). Rivers, Peripheries, and Politics in the Making of Japan's Modern History: The Case of Toyama. 5th International Water History Association Conference IWHA 2007, United Kingdom: International Water History Association.

2006

  • Lewis, M., Londo, W. (2006). Baseball and Besuboru In Japan and The U.S.: Studies on Asia Series III, Vol 3, No. 2, Fall 2006. Studies on Asia (Online), 3(2).
  • Lewis, M. (2006). Baseball and Besuboru: Introduction. Studies on Asia (Online), 3(2), 102-103.
  • Lewis, M. (2006). Found But Lost: Exploring the Meaning of Kurobo Gama. 4th International Conference on Okinawan Studies 2002, Germany: Bier'sche Verlagsanstalt.
  • Lewis, M. (2006). Reflections on Moe Berg's Japan Reflections. Studies on Asia (Online), 3(2), 141-148.

2005

  • Lewis, M. (2005). Taming Time in Toyama: Central Calendars, Local Morals, and Pragmatism in Prewar Rural Japan. In M. William Steele, et al. (Eds.), From Local History to Global History: Culturally Diverse Historiography and Local History [Rookaru hisutorii kara guroobaru hisutorii e]. Japan: Iwata Shoin.

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