Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu

Dr. Shimizu is a historian of the United States’ relations with the wider world, with a particular emphasis on US-East Asian relations since the mid 19th century. My research interests, cutting across historiographical and national boundaries, include the history of U.S.-Japanese relations, comparative colonialism, the transpacific world, sports in international relations, and global governance. My current book project examines the rise and transformation of international ocean resource (particularly fisheries) management regimes in the North Pacific in the first half of the 20th century.

Selected Publications:

  • 奥运会政治棱棱 中国媒大学出版社 2017 [The Political Prism of the Olympic Games: Asia Rising, with A. J.Mangan and Qing Luo]
  • Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
  • Creating People of Plenty: The United States and Japan’s Economic Alternatives, 1950-1960 (Kent: The Kent State University Press, 2001)
  • Nichibei Kankeishi [The History of Japan-U. S. Relations], with Masuda Hiroshi, (Tokyo: Yuhikaku Press, 2001)

Research Areas

US and the World, History of Modern International Relations, International Political Economy, Pacific World, Global History of Sports


PhD, Cornell University

MA, Cornell University

Societies & Organizations

Membership, Institute for Advanced Studies

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Honors & Awards

Kemble Fellowship in Maritime History, The Huntington Library

CIEE Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship

Association for Asian Studies Northeast Council Grant

The Japan Foundation Short-Term Research Fellowship

National Endowment for Humanities Summer Institute Fellowship

Social Science Research Council/Abe Fellowship

Mellon Foundation Dissertation Write-up Fellowship

MacArthur Foundation Peace Studies Graduate Fellowship


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