Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History
Andrew Gordon is the Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History at Harvard University. His teaching and research focus primarily on modern Japan. He has also taught Japan’s premodern history and courses on comparative history of labor. He has written, edited, or translated numerous books and has published articles in journals in the United States, Japan, Great Britain, France, and Germany. His most recent book publication is Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan (University of California Press, 2011), on the emergence of the modern consumer in Japan, using the sewing machine as window on that story. It has been translated into Japanese and published by Misuzu Shobo in 2013. He is currently working on the contemporary history of Japan's "lost decades," 1990s through present, in a longer historical context.
Gordon has served as chair of the Harvard History Department (2004-07) and director of the Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies (1998-2004 and 2010-2011). He has been a member of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies (1994-97) and the Joint Committee on Japanese Studies of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies (1994-1996). Before joining the Harvard faculty in 1995 he was a member of the history department at Duke University for ten years. He has traveled numerous times to Japan, including a year of language study at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, and five extended research trips for a total of 9 years living in Japan. These visits were supported by Fulbright Fellowships and grants from the Japan Foundation, the Center for Global Partnership, and the Social Science Research Council, and by Tokyo University in 2002-03. He has also been a visiting scholar at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociale in Paris, and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1981 in History and East Asian Languages after completing a B.A. from Harvard in 1975. In 2014 he was elected as member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.