BackgroundBorn and raised in Japan, Hiroshi Kitamura came to the United States in 1991 and earned a B.A. in American Studies from Carleton College (1995) and an M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2004) in U.S. Cultural/International History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At William and Mary, he teaches classes on U.S.-foreign relations, global U.S. history, the nuclear world, and Cold War international relations. He is also the faculty advisor for Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society), a co-director of the East Asian Studies program, and an active contributor to the American Studies and International Relations programs.
Hiroshi is the author of Screening Enlightenment: Hollywood and the Cultural Reconstruction of Defeated Japan (Cornell University Press, 2010), which explores Hollywood’s hegemonic influence on and interactive relationship with Japan right after World War II. He has also published articles and review essays on Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (2009), Jeffrey A. Engel, ed., The Local Consequences of the Global Cold War (Stanford University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center, 2007), American Quarterly (2006), Melvyn Stokes and Richard Maltby, eds., Hollywood Abroad: Audiences and Cultural Exchange (British Film Institute, 2004), Fujiki Hideaki, ed., Nihon eiga gyosho 14: Kankyaku eno apurochi (Shinwasha, forthcoming 2010), and Daisuke Miyao, ed., Oxford Handbook of Japanese Cinema (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2011). He has co-authored Tadaima Amerika ryugakuchu (Soshisha, 1994), a set of correspondences he wrote to his father while in college, and co-translated David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art (McGraw-Hill, 7th edition, 2007) into Japanese. Hiroshi is currently working on a Japanese-language version of Screening Enlightenment (forthcoming). In addition, he is pursuing two new projects that expand on his earlier research: the resurgence of Japanese entertainment culture in the 1950s and 1960s (including cinema, stage performance, sports, fashion, and music) and Hollywood’s “Orientalist” films concerning Japan and China from the 1930s to the present.
In his spare time, Hiroshi is studying Chinese (Mandarin), which he once learned as a study-abroad student at Nankai University, and enjoys watching Japanese, Hong Kong, and U.S. movies. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife and three-year old daughter.