Department of History

Faculty Profile


David G. Nelson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Email: dnelson@callutheran.edu
Phone: (805) 493-3318
Office: Humanities 233

Profile

Dr. Nelson specializes in medieval and early modern Japanese cultural and institutional history. His research interests include violent crime and its punishment in order in the context of the consolidation and centralization of authority in Japan's castle town administration in the seventeenth-century, as well as the cultural history of twentieth-century Japanese imperialism.

Education

Ph.D., Indiana University, 2007

     Major Field: Premodern East Asian History (Japan)

     Minor Fields: Cultural History, Japanese language

M.A., Indiana University, 2003

     Major Field: Premodern East Asian History

B.A., Utah State University, 2000

     Major: Asian Studies

     Minor: Chinese

Expertise

Medieval & Early Modern Japan

Samurai Culture

Japanese Imperialism

Publications


Translation of Kimura Hajime, “Public Acceptance and Articulation of Schools in Japanese Society: Origins in Education and Society in the 1930s,” in Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, no. 6 (December 2011), 81-98.

“The Consolidation of Place and Punishment in Seventeenth-Century Japan: Kanazawa Prisons and Criminal Justice,” in Southeastern Review of Asian Studies, vol. 30 (2008): 188-195.

“Civil Society in Japan,” in Comparative Perspective of Civil Society, ed. Robert A. Dibie (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008).

“Machibugyō kokoroesho ni miru kinsei no bushi kengen no konkyō「町奉行心得書」にみる近世の武士権限の根拠 (Admonitions for Town Magistrates: Sengoku Sources of Justification for Early Modern Samurai Rule in Kanazawa.),” in Rikkyo Institute for Japanese Studies Annual Report 5 (April, 2006): 40-48.

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