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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

East Asian Studies
Trinity College Junior Research Fellow in Japanese & Korean History
Fellow of: 
Trinity College

Hannah Shepherd received her PhD in History from Harvard University in 2018. She is currently a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College. Hannah has previously been a Research Fellow at Waseda University (Tokyo), Yonsei University (Seoul), and Kyushu University (Fukuoka). She also spent two years at Kyushu University as a Monbukagakusho (MEXT) scholar from 2010-2012. She has an MA (Distinction) in Japanese Studies from SOAS, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Oxford.

Teaching responsibilities: 

Dr Shepherd gives guest lectures on the undergraduate course EAS.1 - Introduction to East Asian History, which is taken by all first year undergraduate students in both Chinese Studies and Japanese Studies.

Research interests: 

Whilst at Trinity College, Hannah is adapting her PhD dissertation, Cities into Empire: Fukuoka, Pusan, and Japan’s Imperial Urbanization 1876-1953 for publication as a monograph. The project focuses on two cities, Fukuoka and Pusan, on either side of an imperial border – the Tsushima Strait – and the processes of migration, colonial expansion and industrialization that brought them and their inhabitants closer together, before war and decolonization drew them apart. She is also working on a post-doctoral project connected to the postwar and post-imperial history of Tokyo, and the “battles for the city” that took place in the aftermath of the 1964 Olympic Games. Her broader interests include Pacific history, the history of migrants and migrations, the Korean War in Japan, and the history of women in Empire.