Miriam Kingsberg

Charles A. Ryskamp (ACLS) Fellow

Columbia University

Miriam Kingsberg is a Charles A. Ryskamp Fellow (ACLS) and Assistant Professor of modern Japanese history at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. Her first book, Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History (California, 2013), examines illegal drugs as the foundation of a global consensus on the nature of legitimate sovereignty in nations and empires. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Japanese Studies, and Comparative Studies in Society and History, among other venues. She is currently studying the history of Japanese anthropology and archaeology as a lens on the evolution of national identity in response to political changes of the twentieth century.