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History Faculty

Dr. Takashi Nishiyamanishiyama

Office: 325 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 585.395.5687
E-Mail: (On Leave)


  • Modern Japan, History of Technology, Military History, History of International Migration


  • Ph. D. The Ohio State University (2005)
  • B.A. The Ohio State University (Magna Cum Laude) (1993)

External Awards and Honors

  • Research Fellowship, D. Kim Foundation for the History of Science and Technology in East Asia (2011)
  • Diversity Grant, Dr. Nuala McGann Drescher Affirmative Action Program (2010)
  • OpenCourseWare Grant, MIT (2006-2007)
  • Twentieth Century Japan Research Awards, University of Maryland (2006)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Dibner Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005)
  • Aviation/Space Writers Award, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum (2004)
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2003) 

Professional Positions 

  • Visiting Researcher, The East-West Center, The University of Hawaii at Manoa (2014-15)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT (2004-2006)
  • Kyoryoku Researcher, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, Tokyo University (2002-04) 


  • Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

  • “ What Engineers Did, How and Why They Did It: Japanese Navy Kamikaze Attacker MXY7 as a Case Study,” Kagakushi Kenkyû (Journal of History of Science) Volume 50 (2011): 129-137 (publication in Japanese)
  • “Japan,” An Introduction to the History of Science in Non-Western Traditions, 2nd edition (2008) (co-authored publication solicited by the History of Science Society) (

  • "War, Peace, Non-WeaponTechnology: Material Conversion in Japanese Passenger Rail Cars, 1880s-1950s,” Technology and Culture, Volume 48 (2007): 286-302

  • "Friction between Technological Development and System Management in Japan: The Development of the Shinkansen High-Speed Rail Service as a Case Study," Kagaku, Gijutsu, Shakai (Japan Journal for Science, Technology, and Society) volume 13 (2004): 1-23. (publication in Japanese)

  • "Frameworks for the Growth of Aircraft Design Knowledge in Japan: Horikoshi Jirô (1903-1940) as a Case Study," Kagakushi kagaku tetsugaku (History and Philosophy of Science) volume 18 (2004): 119-137.

  • "Cross-disciplinary Technology Transfer in Trans-World War II Japan: The Japanese High-Speed Bullet Train as a Case Study," Comparative Technology Transfer and Society volume 1, number 3 (December 2003): 305-325.

  • "Aeronautical Technology for Pilot Safety: Re-examining Deck-Landing Aircraft in Great Britain, Japan, and the United States," HIstoria Scientiarum volume 13, number 1 (July 2003): 13-32.

Invited Talks (In English and Japanese)

  • “Transformative Power of Peace: Shinkansen as a Case Study” at Tokyo University, Japan, July 12, 2013
  • “Cross-national Studies of ‘Kamikazes' in the Twentieth Century” at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, July 9, 2013
  • "Asking Counterfactual Questions: Brain Drain during the Cold War," Department of Science and Technology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, April 13, 2012
  • “Mobilizing Engineers for War and Peace, 1932-64” in Colloquium in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, October 14, 2009
  • “War and Peace for Engineers in Japan, 1919-45” in workshop entitled Dis/continuities:  Nation-State Formation in Japan with Science, Technology, and Medicine during Imperialism, War, Occupation, and Peace, 1932-1962, University of California, Los Angeles, California, May 29, 2007
  • “Technology for War: US-Japan Comparisons, 1940-45,” Asian Studies Program, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, April 2, 2007
  • “Beikoku ni okeru gijutsushi no genkyō (“The Present State of the History of Technology in the United States”) Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan, July 15, 2005
  • “From Kamikaze Aircraft to the Bullet Train: Peace Dividends of Military Technologies in Japan,” Dibner Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, April 12, 2005
  • “Reproducing Science and Technology in Japan: Aeronautical Technology as a Case Study,” Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, October 9, 2004

Professional Consultation

  • Consulting for the creation of a television program by Darlow Smithson Productions (located in London/episode to be broadcast in 2014 by PBS and National Geographic)
  • Interviewed by Yomiuri (one of Japan's major national newspapers) for the August 6, 2013 issue
  • Consulting for NHK (Japan's sole public broadcaster) as an expert on the Japanese Navy during World War II (episode aired nationwide on 10 August 2009)
  • Interviewed on the nationally televised program in Japan, "Lifeline," in the 30-minute episode about the Bullet Train," Pacific Broadcast Association, Aired nationwide on August 10, 2009

Current Projects

  • Dr. Nishiyama is conducting research on suicide/suicidal military operations in Japan and elsewhere during the twentieth century to examine the cultures of desperation at times of war. His other projects include a study of brain drain: how and why Japanese scientists and engineers migrated to Asia and the West during the twentieth century.



Last Updated 7/31/14


History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama has published a book, Engineering War and Peace in Modern Japan, 1868-1964 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014).

The department will host the NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2015.


The Malik Lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7 pm at the Tower Fine Arts Center Mainstage.

The Robert Marcus Lecture will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at 7:30 pm in the lecture hall (room 104) of the Liberal Arts Building.