This lecture is presented by the Carolina Asia Center and the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies. Wendy Matsumura is a professor in the Department of History at the University of California at San Diego.
Matsumura received her doctorate in history from New York University in 2007. Her dissertation project on modern Okinawan history was funded by a Fulbright dissertation fellowship from 2002 to 2004. Following a visiting professorship at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, Matsumura was assistant professor of history and Asian studies at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., from 2009 to 2015. The completion of her first book, The Limits of Okinawa and research for her next project was supported by a Fulbright research fellowship in Kyoto from 2012 to 2013. She is currently working on two major research projects: the first on the unfolding of transnational labor struggles across Japan’s prewar sugar empire and the second on the emergence of the concept of surplus labor in Japanese social scientific discourse.