Emer O'Dwyer
  • Associate Professor of History and East Asian Studies
  • Director of East Asian Studies


  • PhD, Harvard University, 2007
  • MA, Harvard University, 2003
  • AB, Harvard College, 1997


Teaching Interests: Japanese history, especially 20th century political and social history.

Research Interests: Imperialism, Urban and Social History; the Experience of Defeat in WWII.

Professor O’Dwyer’s book, Significant Soil: Settler Colonialism and Japan’s Urban Empire in Manchuria was published by Harvard University’s Asia Center Press, in 2015.


  • Emer O'Dwyer Gives Talk at Stanford University

    November 7, 2017

    Emer O'Dwyer, associate professor of East Asian studies and history, gave a talk entitled, "The Case of the Headless Miner and the Pursuit of Justice in Transwar Japan, 1944-55" on October 20 at Stanford University.