I studied Japanese here at Cambridge from 1965–68, when the number of students interested in the subject was very small indeed. I then left to work in airline management for two years, but returned to work on Mori Ogai, obtaining my PhD in 1973. After three years in Japan, I obtained my first teaching post at Monash University in Melbourne (1976–78), moved to Columbia University (1978–79) and then to Princeton University (1979–84). I returned to Cambridge in 1984. Since that time I have worked to build a strong group of scholars and teachers in Japanese studies. My interests have shifted over the years from Meiji all the way back to Heian. I am now retired from my University post, which will enable me to concentrate on my research. See more here (link to PDF of CV).
BA Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge (Japanese, 1st class)
|1973||PhD Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge (Japanese)|
|1975-76||Japan Foundation Fellowship, Tōkyō University|
|1980-81||Japan Foundation Professional Fellowship, Kyōto University|
|1985||Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Cambridge|
|1987||Japan Foundation Professional Fellowship, Keiō University|
|1995-97||British Academy Research Readership|
|1997||Litt.D, University of Cambridge|
|2000||Master, Selwyn College, Cambridge|
|2000||Honorary Fellow, Downing College, Cambridge|
Subject groups/Research projects
Classical Japanese Language and Literature
Japanese Religion and Thought: Buddhism, Shinto, Neo-Confucianism, Kokugaku
Other Professional Activities
I am engaged in two major pieces of work:
1. A history of religious and intellectual movements in the Tokugawa period (a continuation of my 2005 book);
2. Co-editing a translation and commentary of the early Tokugawa Jesuit text Myotei mondo.
‘Fujiwara Seika and the Great Learning’, Monumenta Nipponica 61.4: 437–57, 2006.
The Religious Traditions of Japan 500–1600, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
ed. Fifty years of Japanese at Cambridge 1948–98 (Privately published), 1998.
(with P. Kornicki) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan, Cambridge University Press, 1993.
See more here (link PDF of publications)