Assistant Professor of History

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2011
M.A. Stanford University, 2003
B.A. Stanford University, 2002


Nick Kapur is a historian of modern Japan and East Asia, with an emphasis on transnational and comparative perspectives. His research examines the intersections between political economy, culture, and international relations. He also has research interests in environmental history, literature and film, and the history of capitalism. His book Japan at the Crossroads: Conflict and Compromise after Anpo (Harvard University Press, 2018), explores the impact of the massive 1960 protests in Japan on US-Japan relations, Japanese society and culture, and the Cold War international system. In addition, he has recently written articles on Chinese and Japanese environmental policy since 1970, US-Japan relations during the John F. Kennedy administration, and the 1968 centennial celebrations of Japan’s Meiji Restoration.




Japan at the Crossroads: Conflict and Compromise after Anpo (Harvard University Press, 2018)


Journal Articles & Book Chapters

Mending the ‘Broken Dialogue’: US-Japan Alliance Diplomacy in the Aftermath of the 1960 Security Treaty Crisis,” Diplomatic History 41:3 (June 2017)

Asia-Pacific Relations and the Globalization of the Environment,” in Robert David Johnson, ed., Asia Pacific in the Age of Globalization (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)

William McKinley’s Values and the Origins of the Spanish-American War: A Reinterpretation,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 41:1 (March 2011)



Oguma Eiji, “Japan’s 1968: A Collective Reaction to Rapid Economic Growth in an Age of Turmoil,” The Asia-Pacific Journal 13:11:1 (March 23, 2015)



Nick Kapur
Rutgers University, Camden
429 Cooper Street, Room 102
Camden, New Jersey 08102-1521