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Dr Adam Bronson

Associate Professor (Modern Japanese History)

Associate Professor (Modern Japanese History) in the Department of History+44 (0) 191 33 44375


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

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


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