Franziska Seraphim

Associate Professor of Japanese History and Core Moderator, History Department, Boston College, Boston

Franziska Seraphim is associate professor of history at Boston College, where she teaches courses on modern Japan, Asia in the world, transnational and comparative history, and historical memory and reconciliation. In 2008, she held a Social Science Research Council/Abe fellowship to conduct research in Japan and Germany for a comparative study of the war crimes trial programs in Asia and Europe after World War II, in particular the war criminals prisons and the politics of amnesty in Japan and Germany in the 1950s. From 1994-1997 she was a researcher at Tokyo University and then at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. This work resulted in the publication of War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2005, as well as articles and book chapters on war crimes trials, issues of reconciliation in the post-Cold War context, and comparisons of Japanese and German memory. She received her B.A. in Asian studies from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University.


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