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Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara (2011)
B.A., Northwestern University (2002)

Recent Courses

History Of East Asia I
History Of East Asia II
S/T: A History Of Modern Japan: From Samurai To Salaryman 1800-1989
Sophomore Seminar Research Skills
World Civilizations I

Teaching Specializations/Interests

East Asia, Modern Japan, empire, imperialism, the Asia-Pacific War, colonial subjects, indigenous people, visual culture, gendered mobilities, cultural history, World History and empires

Research Interests

I am currently working on a book manuscript entitled: "Subaltern Speak: Imperial Multiplicities in Japan's Empire and Post-war Colonialisms." Within one study, I transcend geographic colonial borders and examine numerous locations of empire, as well as the experiences of four distinct groups of Japanese colonial subjects: the Ainu (the indigenous people of northern Japan, Hokkaido, akin to the Native Americans in the United States), Okinawans, Taiwanese Aborigines and Micronesians. By focusing on individuals in different locations and following them as they crossed geographic colonial borders to the metropolis and to other colonies I foreground the varied experiences of both the colonized and colonizer in the Japanese empire.

Grants/Sponsored Research

2011-2013 Hamilton College Asian Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship

NEAC of the Association for Asian Studies and JUSFC grant awarded to
Kirsten Ziomek on behalf of Hamilton College, hosting Dr.James Huffman's public presentation on "Japan Imperialism: Unique or Typical?"on February 21, 2013

Japan Foundation Graduate Fellowship
Spring 2011

University of California Santa Barbara Department of History
Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Winter 2011

University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Doctoral Dissertation
Research Fellowship, 2009-2010

Fulbright IIE Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship
Sept. 2008-Dec. 2009
Affiliation: University of Tokyo
Inter-Faculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School

Japan Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2008-2009
(declined in favor of Fulbright)

United States Department of Education (Title IV) Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for Japanese language study Summers 2008 and 2007 Full year 2006-2007 and 2005-2006

Joseph E. and Gina Laun Jannotta Foundation Prize, June 2008
Grant awarded to best research conducted by a graduate student in the East Asia region at the University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California Santa Barbara Department of History
Research Travel Grant, Spring 2008

University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Mini-grant
Awarded to conduct research in Sapporo, Japan, March 2008

Kosciuszko Foundation Tuition Scholarship, 2007-2008 and 2006-2007


Kirsten Ziomek, ed. (2013). The Japanese Empire: Colonial Lives and Postcolonial Struggles. The Asia-Pacific Journal, Course reader no.8.

Refereed Articles

Kirsten Ziomek (2015), The Possibility of Liminal Colonial Subjecthood: Yayutz Bleyh and the Search for Subaltern Histories in the Japanese Empire. Critical Asian Studies, vol. 47 no. 1, 123-50.

Kirsten Ziomek (2014), The 1903 Human Pavilion: Colonial Realities and Subaltern Subjectivities in Twentieth-Century Japan. The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 73 no. 2.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Presenter: Kirsten Ziomek (2012). Locating Subaltern Subjectivities in the Formosa Hamlet at the 1910 Japan-British Exposition. In Japan Foundation Summer Institute: Modes of Japanese Multiculturalism: Coexistence and Marginality. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.

Presenter: Kirsten Ziomek, Discussant: Oscar Salemink (2012). Alternate Ethnographies: Historical Anthropological Perspectives on Civilizing Missions in Asian Contexts. In Association for Asian Studies Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Presenter: Kirsten Ziomek, Convener: David Ambaras (2011). Welcome to the Empire: Subaltern Experiences at the 1912 Tokyo Colonial Exposition. In Boundaries in Question: Japanese and French Empires in East Asia. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Organizer and Presenter: Kirsten Ziomek, Discussant: David Howell (2011). The Beauty in the Barbarian: Touring Colonialism/Postcolonialism in the Japanese Empire. In Association for Asian Studies Conference. Honolulu, HI.

Organizer and Presenter: Kirsten Ziomek, Discussant Yoshimi Shunya (2009). The Japanese Media during War and Peace, Colonial and Post-Colonial Times. In Cultural Typhoon. Tokyo, Japan.

Presenter: Kirsten Ziomek, Discussant: Katsumi Nakao (2009). Old Responsibilities Never Die: They Just Fade Away? Approaching War Responsibility in Modern and Contemporary East Asia. In Asian Studies Conference Japan. Tokyo, Japan.

Invited Presenter: Kirsten Ziomek (2009). The Human Pavilion of 1903. In ITASIA Colloquium Series. University of Tokyo, Japan.

Invited Speaker: Kirsten Ziomek (2008). An Empire on Display. Yokohma City University, Japan.