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Yonemoto, Marcia



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  • Prof. Yonemoto teaches courses on Japanese history, women’s and family history, historical methodology, and global history at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research interests are in the cultural history of Japan’s early modern period (c. 1590-1868). She is the author of the books Mapping Early Modern Japan: Space, Place, and Culture in the Tokugawa Period (1603-1868) (University of California Press, 2003) and The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2016), and is co-editor, with Mary Elizabeth Berry, of What Is a Family? Answers from Early Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2019). She has also published numerous scholarly articles, and has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Japan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, and other organizations. Her current research project is a history of adoption in Japan from 1700 to 1925.


  • Cultural and social history of Japan in the early modern period (c. 1590-1868); history of women and gender; history of the family


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courses taught

  • ASIA 4001 - Advanced Language Co-Seminar Arts and Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Acts as a Co-Seminar for advanced Asian Studies students.
  • GRAD 5100 - Graduate Training Course in Inclusive Excellence
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Prepares graduate students in key areas of inclusive excellence relevant to teaching, research and professional conduct. Builds skills necessary to thrive in a multicultural environment and diverse workforce and strengthen the culture of inclusivity and diversity within academic units and the university. Provides unique opportunities for graduate student interaction and learning across the physical sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • GRTE 5040 - Graduate Social Sciences for Teachers
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2021
    Addresses special topics in social sciences with an emphasis on building conceptual understanding of content and enhancing teacher's practice in teaching this content.
  • HIST 1708 - Introduction to Japanese History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2022
    A broad interdisciplinary survey of the history of Japan from earliest times to the 20th century. Explores the development of political institutions, social structures, cultural and religious life, economic development, and foreign relations in an historical perspective.
  • HIST 2500 - Fact and Fiction in History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Examines history and historical sources through the alternating lenses of 'fact' and 'fiction' in order to think not only about what happened, but how we acquire information and knowledge, and how we use sources and evidence to construct our own understandings of the past and to write history. Considers how narratives found in novels, myths, movies, television, music, visual material, monuments, or public memories, represent the past and relate to historical accounts.
  • HIST 3718 - Seminar in Japanese History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Capstone seminars are designed for advanced history majors to pull together the skills they have honed in previous courses. This seminar focuses on Japanese history, and will include readings and discussions in a small seminar setting. In relation to the course topic, students will develop an individual research project and write a substantial and original paper based on primary sources. Recommended restriction: History GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • HIST 4619 - Women in East Asian History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Considers major issues in the history of women in East Asia (China, Korea, Japan) in the 17th through 20th centuries. Focuses on gender roles in Asian family, state, and cultural systems. Topic varies in any given semester. Same as WGST 4619 and HIST 5619.
  • HIST 4738 - History of Early Modern Japan (1590-1868)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Spring 2024
    Covers the history of early modern Japan (1590-1868). Explores the political, social, cultural and economic context of Japan's history from the era of Warring States through the rise and fall of the Tokugawa military government (Shogunate). Same as HIST 5738.
  • HIST 4808 - Special Topics in World Areas History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Covers specialized topics in the history of World Areas outside of Europe and/or North America, usually focusing on one country or region. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HIST 5129 - Colloquium in Modern Asian History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Introduces major topics and themes in Asian history. Analyzes readings relating to topics such as imperialism, cultural agency, gender, race, nationalism, decolonization, and revolution. May be repeated up to 6 total credits hours provided the topics vary.
  • HIST 5738 - History of Early Modern Japan (1590-1868)
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Covers the history of early modern Japan (1590-1868). Explores the political, social, cultural and economic context of Japan's history from the era of Warring States through the rise and fall of the Tokugawa military government (Shogunate). Same as HIST 4738.
  • HIST 6800 - Readings in Global History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Explores various topics, regions, and methods in history and historical writing by utilizing a global/thematic approach. Geared toward graduate students in History, but students from other disciplines with graduate standing may enroll with instructor consent. Topic and content of course will vary depending on instructor. May be repeated up 12 total credit hours.


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