Gregory M. Pflugfelder

Gregory M. Pflugfelder

Research Interest


AB: Harvard University (’81)
MA: Waseda University (’84)
PhD: Stanford University (’96)


Gregory Pflugfelder specializes in Japanese history and gender studies. He received his A.B. from Harvard, his M.A. from Waseda, and his Ph.D. from Stanford. His books include Seiji to daidokoro: Akita-ken joshi sanseiken undôshi (Politics and the kitchen: a history of the women’s suffrage movement in Akita prefecture), which received the 1986 Yamakawa Kikue Prize, and Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950. His current work engages the historical construction of masculinities, the history of the body, and representations of monstrosity.

Research Interests: Early-Modern and Modern Japanese History, Gender, Sexuality, Visual Culture 

Classes Taught

ASCE UN1361 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan

HSEA UN3871 Modern Japan: Images and Words

HSEA GR6009 Graduate Colloquium on Early Modern Japan

EAAS UN3888 Cultural History of Japanese Monsters

Selected Publications

“The Nation-State, the Age/Gender System, and the Reconstitution of Erotic Desire in Nineteenth-Century Japan,” Journal of Asian Studies (2012)

Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950 (University of California, 1999)

JAPANimals: History and Culture in Japan’s Animal Life (co-editor, University of Michigan, 2005)