Tadashi Ishikawa

Tadashi Ishikawa, Ph.D.

Tadashi Ishikawa is a historian of Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research interests include gender and sexuality, empire and colonialism, and law and society. Trained as a scholar of Japan in its regional and international contexts, Dr. Ishikawa has worked on gender and law in Japan and East Asia before and after the end of World War II in relation to the circulation of visions and people; tensions between legal knowledge and practices; and the dynamics of power relations.

He is completing a book manuscript entitled “Geographies of Gender: Family and Law in the Japanese Empire.” The book analyzes the Japanese empire––including Japan and colonial Taiwan, a settler island near southeastern China and Japan’s first colony from 1895 to 1945––with a focus on gender in the interplay of family and law. This study explores how public debates and law courts redefined Japan’s imperial space in terms of gender relations: visions of modernity, tension of Taiwanese masculinity, and formation of women’s agency. His second project explores the flow, regulations, and practice of sex trafficking between Japan and Asia after 1945.

His research has been supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan (R.O.C.), Chiu Foundation, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Matsushita Konosuke Memorial Foundation in Japan, and National Central Library in Taiwan as well as the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago.


  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from The University of Chicago (2015)
  • M.A. in East Asian Studies from Washington University in St. Louis (2007)
  • B.A. in Law from Chuo University (Tokyo, Japan) (2001)

Research Interests

Modern Japan and East Asia, Gender and Sexuality, Empire and Colonialism, Family History, and Law and Society

Selected Publications


  • “Human Trafficking and Intra-Imperial Knowledge: Adopted Daughters, Households, and Law in  Imperial Japan and Colonial Taiwan, 1919–1935,” Journal of Women’s History 29, no. 3 (Fall 2017): 37–60.


-       Taiwan Fellowship, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Taipei, Taiwan), Spring 2019

-       Toyota Dissertation Fellowship for Japanese Studies, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago, 2014–2015

-       Doctoral Fellowship, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (Virginia, USA), 2013–2014

-       Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation Research Grant (Osaka, Japan), 2012–2013

-       CCS Research Grant for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, National Central Library (Taipei, Taiwan), 2011.


-       President’s Discretionary Award for Teaching among Non-Tenure Track Faculty Members, Binghamton University, Fall 2016


Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
16918 ASH4442 Modern Japan Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Unavailable
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19518 ASH4932 Special Topics Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
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20915 HIS5926 Women and Gender Video Strmng (V1) COVD DL exmp W 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM Unavailable
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Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
92945 ASH3302 History of Modern East Asia Video Strmng (V1) COVD DL exmp Tu,Th 01:30 PM - 02:45 PM Unavailable
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81963 ASH4442 Modern Japan Video Strmng (V1) COVD DL exmp Tu,Th 04:30 PM - 05:45 PM Unavailable
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No courses found for Summer 2020.

Updated: Aug 31, 2020