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New Terasaki Chair and Postdoctoral Fellow
Shigeru Nakayama (left) and Aaron Moore (right)

New Terasaki Chair and Postdoctoral Fellow

The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies announces two new appointments for the '08-'09 academic year.

Shigeru Nakayama, Paul Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations

The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies is pleased to announce that Shigeru Nakayama, an influential historian of science, has been named the new Paul Terasaki Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations for the '08-'09 academic year.

Nakayama began his academic career as a historian of mathematical astronomy. After earning his doctorate from Harvard University, he became a professor at the University of Tokyo where he created the history of science field. After retiring from the University of Tokyo, he established an academic program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at Kanagawa University.

The Paul I. Terasaki Endowed Chair in U.S.-Japan Relations is devoted to a distinguished teaching program designed to bring experts in the field of Japanese Studies and U.S.-Japan Relations to UCLA.

Thomas Rimer will be finishing his term as chair. Rimer, a well known scholar of Japanese literature, theatre and art from the University of Pittsburgh, held the position since 2005.

Past Terasaki professors include Ronald Morse, currently a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Sam Jameson, former Los Angeles Times Bureau Chief in Tokyo, and Akimasa Mitsuta, former Executive Director of the Japan Foundation and currently President of the Confucius Institute at Obirin University.

Aaron Moore, Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow

The Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies is also pleased to announce that Aaron Moore, an assistant professor of history at Arizona State University whose research focuses on Japanese modernity and technology, has been named the first-ever Terasaki Postdoctoral Fellow.

Applicants for the fellowship were evaluated on the quality of their previous research, their research experience, and how their proposed research and expertise would contribute to the Center and UCLA.

Moore received his doctorate in modern Japanese history from Cornell University. His teaching experience includes an assistant professorship at Ohio University and a recent appointment with Arizona State University. He will be on leave from Arizona State University to join the UCLA history department for the '08-'09 academic year.

As a fellow, Moore will teach one course and participate in other Center-related activities including workshops and the annual colloquium series.