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Dr Adam Bronson

Associate Professor (Modern Japanese History)

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Associate Professor (Modern Japanese History) in the Department of History  


I am an historian of modern Japan interested in the relationship between the transnational circulation of ideas and local intellectual and political practices. My first book, One Hundred Million Philosophers (Hawaii, 2016), explored this topic through the trajectory of democratic intellectual and social movements after World War II. I have since published work on the history of practical criticism and haiku, sociological theory and wartime rumours, and the opinion poll in postwar political culture.

I am currently working on a project that explores the history of public opinion in Japan through problems of translation, circulation, quantification and leadership. This project builds on my long-standing interest in comparative history and historical comparisons. I organised a conference on this topic that took place in May 2019.

I would be happy to consider supervising postgraduate projects that relate to modern intellectual, cultural, and/or political history.

Research interests

  • Global and comparative history
  • Translation and political thought
  • Cultures of quantification
  • Public opinion
  • Japanese history; 19th and 20th centuries
  • Intellectual history

Research Projects

  • Thinking East Asia


Authored book

Book review

Chapter in book

  • Bronson, Adam (2023). Arguing with Public Opinion: Polls and Postwar Democracy. In Reconsidering Postwar Japanese History: A Handbook. Avenell, Simon Japan Documents / Amsterdam University Press. 47-64.
  • Bronson, Adam (2012). Kyōkai no kōbō senzen no Yanagita ni yoru rekishigaku minzokugaku hihan to sengo minzokugaku. In Sekai no naka no Yanagita Kunio = Yanagita Kunio studies around the world. Morse, R. A. & Akasaka Norio Fujiwara Shoten. 47-82.

Journal Article

Newspaper/Magazine Article

  • Bronson, Adam (2021). Shinzo Abe and the Future of Japanese Democracy. Dissent (Online).

Supervision students