Assistant Professor of History


Nick Kapur is a historian of modern Japan and East Asia, with an emphasis on transnational and comparative perspectives. His research interests include environmental history, economic history, postwar and contemporary history, the culture of the Cold War, imperialism and empire, the history of education, literature and film, and comparative cultural history. His book The 1960 US-Japan Security Treaty Crisis and the Origins of Contemporary Japan, forthcoming in 2019 from Harvard University Press, 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.

Dr. Kapur earned his Ph.D. in Japanese History from Harvard University in 2011, and also received a masters degree in US History from Stanford University. He has been at Rutgers-Camden since 2014.



The 1960 US-Japan Security Treaty Crisis and the Origins of Contemporary Japan (forthcoming from Harvard University Press, Fall 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