Okinaga Junior Research Fellow in Japanese Studies
Natalia Doan joined the Nissan Institute as the Wadham College Okinaga Junior Research Fellow in Japanese Studies in September 2019. Her research interests include nineteenth-century Japanese history, and the transnational production of resistance, culture, and solidarity. Her doctoral research at Oxford examined encounters between samurai and transnational actors across the globe. Her current research project examines the radical re-envisioning of Japanese social order enacted by northern samurai on the losing side of Japan’s civil war. She is interested in how Tokugawa thinkers reworked Western and Japanese philosophies of benevolence, hierarchical order, and humanity to envision the future and the making of a strong and sovereign Japan. In 2015, she was awarded the Ivan Morris Memorial Prize from the British Association for Japanese Studies. She has received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for her research on the transnational encounters of imagined romance and fantasy between samurai and American women. She is the author of How to Work, Travel, and Study in Japan (2014). Her most recent publication, published in the March 2019 Historical Journal by Cambridge University Press, is entitled “The 1860 Japanese Embassy and the Antebellum African American Press”, and reveals the influence of samurai on African American intellectual history.