Tomoyuki Sasaki specializes in history and cultural studies. His research interests cover the society and culture of modern Japan, especially the issues of high-speed economic growth, inequality, uneven development, democracy, military bases, and their representations in popular culture. He is the author of Japan’s Postwar Military and Civil Society: Contesting a Better Life, SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan (Bloomsbury, 2015). His articles include “Disquieting Growth: Urban Space in Kawashima Yūzō’s Suzaki Pradise Red Light” (Japan Forum, 2017) and “The Constitution Must Be Defended: Thoughts on the Constitution’s Role in Japan’s Postwar Democracy” (The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 2018).
He earned his BA and MA from Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, and his PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He held positions at Kalamazoo College and Eastern Michigan University before joining the faculty at William & Mary in 2016. He teaches courses on Cold-War Culture, Japanese Cinema, and the Introduction to Japanese Studies.