Carol Gluck

George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Language and Cultures

Columbia University

Professor Gluck writes on modern Japan and East Asia, twentieth-century global history, World War II, and the history-writing and public memory. At Columbia she has taught undergraduates, graduate students, and students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) for more than thirty years. She has contributed to innovations in undergraduate education at Columbia and around the country, most recently in a four-year $2-million project on Expanding East Asian Studies ( Her PhD students now teach in universities across the United States, Asia, and Europe.

A prize-winning historian, her most recent book is Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, coedited with Anna Tsing (Duke University Press, 2009). Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, will be published by the University of California Press in 2013, and Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Her most recent article is “The End of Elsewhere : Writing Modernity Now,” American Historical Review (June 2011). Her lectures and conferences this past year included presentations in Leiden, Tokyo, and universities in the United States. She also moderates a seminar at the Aspen Institute each summer.

At Columbia she is a member of the Committee on Global Thought, and directs the WEAI publications program, working with Dan Rivero and others to produce three series (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Weatherhead Books on Asia, and Asia Perspectives). Her activities this past year included her positions as elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, cochair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, board of directors of Japan Society, board of the Weatherhead Foundation, and numerous editorial boards and national committees.

Professor Gluck received her BA from Wellesley in 1962 and her PhD from Columbia in 1977. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1975.