Hannah Shepherd

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Assistant Professor of History
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Fields of interest: 

Modern Japanese History, Urban History, Modern Korean History


Hannah Shepherd is Assistant Professor in the Department of History. Before joining the Yale faculty, she was Junior Research Fellow in History at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. She holds degrees from Harvard University (AM, PhD), SOAS (MA), and the University of Oxford (BA Hons).

Shepherd’s teaching and research interests focus on modern Japan and its colonial empire, with an emphasis on the connected twentieth-century histories of imperial expansion, urban growth, and movement of peoples between Japan and Korea. Her current book project, Cities into Empire: Fukuoka, Pusan, and Japan’s Imperial Urbanization 1876-1953, focuses on two cities on either side of an imperial border. This project is based on her Ph.D. dissertation, for which she was awarded the 2019 Harold K. Gross Dissertation Prize by the Harvard Department of History. Her broader interests include urban and spatial history, Pacific history, migrants and migrations, and the histories of women in Empire.

Shepherd has been a Research Fellow at Waseda University (Tokyo), Yonsei University (Seoul), and Kyushu University (Fukuoka). Her research has been supported by the Japan Foundation, Korea Foundation, and Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies.  At Yale, Shepherd teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on modern Japanese history, Korea and the Japanese Empire, and the history of colonial and imperial cities.

Selected Publications

East Asia
Empires & Colonialism
War & Society