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Born 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 History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also studied at Keio University (Japan) and Nankai University (China). At William and Mary, he teaches classes on U.S.-foreign relations, global U.S. history, the nuclear world, Cold War cultures, film and society, and slow food. He contributes to the American Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Film 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 won the Shimizu Hiroshi Book Award from the Japanese Association for American Studies and the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Book Prize. The Japanese-language version of Screening Enlightenment is forthcoming from Nagoya University Press. Currently, Hiroshi is at work on a monograph on a relational history of Japanese, Hong Kong, and Hollywood cinemas during the 1950s and 1960s.