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Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki

BA (Hons) (Bristol), PhD (Bath), FAHA
Professor of Japanese History, School of Culture, History and Language, ARC Laureate Fellow 2012
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Areas of expertise

  • Asian History 210302
  • Studies Of Asian Society 169903
  • Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies 200209
  • Postcolonial Studies 200211
  • Migration 160303
  • Citizenship 160602

Research interests

Grassroots movements and survival politics in Northeast Asia; the Korean War in regional context; border controls and migration in East Asia; national identity and ethnic minorities in Japan; modern Japanese historiography; human rights in Asia; globalization processes (with particular reference to Northeast Asia); memory and reconciliation in Northeast Asia; the Fukushima nuclear accident in social and historical context.


My most recent books include East Asia Beyond the History Wars, co-authored with Maorris Low, leonid Petrov and Timothy Y. Tsu, Borderline Japan, a study of migration and border controls in the postwar era; To the Diamond Mountains, which retraces the journey made by English traveler Emily Georgiana Kemp through China and Korea in 1910; Exodus to North Korea, a study of the mass migration of ethnic Koreans from Japan to North Korea in the Cold War era, and The Past Within Us: Media, Memory, History, which discusses the representation of history in varied popular media. I co-edited the eight-volume history of the Asia-Pacific War published in Japanese by Iwanami Publishers, 2005-2006; and am co-editing the forthcoming multi-volume work Hitobito no Seishinshi, history of popular ideas and emotions in postwar Japan, to be publiched by Iwanami in 2013-2014.

Career highlights

Laureate of the Academic Award, Fukuoka Prize (2013); ARC Laureate Fellow (2012); Council member, International Council on Human Rights Policy (2011-2012); Convenor, Asian Civil Rights Network (2003-present); Convenor, Asian Studies in Asia Network (1999-2005); Member, Foreign Affairs Council (1998-2001); President, Asian Studies Association of Australia (2000-2002); International Secretary, Australian Academy of the Humanities (1995-98); Chair of Faculty, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University (1994-96).

Researcher's projects

Informal Life Politics in the Remaking of Northeast Asia: From Cold War to Post Cold War

Northeast Asia and the Korean War: Legacies of Hot and Cold Wars in Contemporary Constructions of the Region - with Prof. Li Narangoa, Prof. Lee Jeanyong and Dr. leonid Petrov

East Asia Beyond Conflict - A study of the role of media and civil society in historical reconciliation between the countries of Northeast Asia (with Dr. Morris Low, Dr. Leonid Petrov and Prof. Timothy Tsu)

Dilemmas of Humanitarianism in the Asia Pacific region, 1941-1965 - with Dr. Keiko Tamura and Dr. Christine Winter


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