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History Faculty

Dr. Takashi Nishiyamanishiyama

Office: 141 Albert W. Brown Building
Phone: 585.395.5687


  • 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 

  • 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.

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 3/25/14


Department hosts NEH Workshop, Rochester Reform Trail, for K-12 teachers in July 2014

History major Amy Freeman publishes article on Eastman Dental Dispensary in the D&C

Dr. Takashi Nishiyama interviewed by Yomuiri, Japan's major national newspaper.

Dr. Ken O'Brien has been named a SUNY Provost Fellow for the 2013-2014 year.

Dr. Bruce Leslie has been made a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor.




The Robert Marcus lecture will be on Thursday, March 6, at 7:30 pm in the New York Room in Cooper Hall.