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Minami Nishioka

Doctoral Candidate


I’m a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, with interests in U.S. imperialism, Protestant missionaries, and U.S.-Japan relations. My dissertation, “Civilizing Okinawa: Intimacies between the American and Japanese Empires, 1846-1919,” explores inter-imperial relations between the emerging U.S. and Japanese empires by examining Japanese and American Protestant missions in Okinawa. Using primary documents written by the Americans, Japanese, and Okinawans including governmental documents, diplomatic documents, newspapers, religious journals, and missionaries’ letters and diaries, my project argues that the American missionaries in fact promoted Okinawans’ assimilation into Japan by collaborating with the Japanese missionaries.


M.A. University of Tokyo, 2013.

B.A. International Christian University, Tokyo, 2011.

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