Michelle Damian

Assistant Professor, History
Coordinator, Asian Studies

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Biography

Damian has worked and studied in Japan for more than nine years. She came to Monmouth after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. Her research focuses on the maritime archaeology and history of Asia broadly, with a particular interest in medieval and early modern Japan. She is also involved in museum work, volunteering with the local Warren County History Museum and the online Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

Education

Ph.D. — Premodern Japanese History, University of Southern California

M.A. — Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University

M.A. — Museum Studies, The George Washington University

B.A. — Asian Studies (Japanese History), University of California at Berkeley

Courses Taught

History classes:

  • Introduction to Japanese History
  • History of the Samurai
  • Japanese Artifacts and Architecture
  • Japan’s Royal Court
  • Introduction to Chinese History
  • World War II: The Pacific Wars
  • Business Culture in East Asia, 1800 – present
  • Women in East Asia
  • Maritime Archaeology
  • The Enola Gay Controversy

Asian Studies classes:

  • ASIA 100: Introduction to Asian Studies

Integrated Studies classes:

  • INTG 218: Can the Dead Speak?

Selected Work

Of Nails and Planks: The Meaning of Edo-Period Ship Construction Techniques.Japan Forum, 2019. DOI: 10.1080/09555803.2019.1676286

As Estates Faded: Late Medieval Maritime Shipping in the Seto Inland Sea.” In Land, Power and the Sacred: The Estate System in Medieval Japan. Eds. Joan Piggott and Jan Goodwin. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2018.

English translation of “Kōkogaku no seika to denshō kara mita Ōbe no shō (Ōbe Estate as Seen in the Archaeological and Folkloric Record)” by Nishida Takeshi. In Land, Power and the Sacred: The Estate System in Medieval Japan. Eds. Joan Piggott and Jan Goodwin. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2018.

A Geographic Analysis of Traders and Trade Goods in Japan’s Late Medieval Seto Inland Sea”. In Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-Pacific, ed. María Cruz Berrocal. Gainsville: University of Florida Press, 2017.