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Aaron Moore

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Assoc Professor of History
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Aaron S. Moore is a historian of modern Japan and East Asia in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies. In addition to courses on modern Japan and East Asia, he teaches thematic courses on the history of science and technology, war and empire, and the global Cold War for the undergraduate, online MA and immersion graduate programs in History and Asian Studies. He also advises honors, masters, and doctoral students in History and Asian Studies. He is an affiliate of ASU's Korean Studies Program and the Center for Asian Research.

His first book, Constructing East Asia: Technology, Ideology, and Empire in Japan's Wartime Era 1931-1945  (Stanford University Press, 2011), was published in paperback in 2013 and a simplified Chinese editiion is being prepared by Beijing Yanziyue Culture and Art Studio for a 2018 release. He is the author of several articles and book chapters on modern Japanese intellectual history and the history of technology in imperial Japan and post-1945 Asia, one of which was awarded a Distinguished Contribution to Electrotechnical History Commendation by the Society for the History of Technology.

He is working on two book projects. The first is Engineering Asia: Technology, Colonial Development, and the Cold War Order (Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming in 2018), co-edited with Hiromi Mizuno and John DiMoia. This volume traces the transformation of Japan's colonial network of people, technology, capital, and ideas into the post-war system of development in Asia under the US Cold War order. Chapters on Japan and South Korea analyze how these colonial networks and connections enabled both Japan's postwar economic recovery and economic development in other Asian nations, thereby questioning conventional nationalist narratives of independent "economic miracles" in Japan and South Korea. It also details how under the banner of "economic cooperation," Japan and Korea's overseas technical and economic aid projects in Asia facilitated the erasure of past colonial violence and enabled the continued marginalization of communities within Asia's newly independent nations. 

His second monograph project, Damming Asia: The Cold War and Japanese Post-Colonial Development in Asiaexamines the history of Japan's overseas development system in Asia from its origins in Japan's colonial rule in Asia before 1945 to its rise as the world's leading aid donor by the Cold War's end in 1989. Through an analysis of large-scale dam construction in Burma, Vietnam, South Korea, and Laos conducted by Japanese engineers and consultants after 1945, he traces how earlier colonial power relations were reconfigured into new relations of power linking Japan and post-colonial Asia under the banner of "economic cooperation."

He started working at ASU in 2008 and earned his Ph.D. from Cornell University. Before that he worked as a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as an assistant professor of East Asian history at Ohio University. He conducts research in Korean amd Japanese, and his research has been funded by fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies at UCLA, among other organizations.

Education

Ph.D., Cornell University

M.A., Cornell University

B.A., University of Virginia

Research Interests

Modern Japan, colonial history, history of science and technology, World War II and Cold War history, Modern Japanese intellectual history, modern Korea.

Publications
Research Activity
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 303Studies in Asian History
HST 388Japan
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 302Studies in History
HST 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 303Studies in Asian History
HST 388Japan
HST 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 303Studies in Asian History
HST 598Special Topics
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 303Studies in Asian History
HST 388Japan
HST 590Reading and Conference
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 494Special Topics
HST 496South,SE & East Asia Glbl Mtrx
HST 598Special Topics
Presentations

INVITED TALKS

  • “Post-Colonial Development: Japanese Engineers and the Construction of South Korea’s Hydropower Infrastructure,” University of Tuebingen, Korean Studies Program, Tuebingen, Germany, May 2017.
  • “From Colonial Development to Economic Cooperation: Japanese Engineers and the Post-colonial, Cold War System of Development in Asia,” Asia Center, Harvard University, Sept. 2016.
  • “From Imperial Engineers to Development Consultants: Japanese Engineers and the Post-Colonial, Cold War System of Development in South Korea,” Science and Technology Studies Program/Centre for Korean Research/Centre for Japanese Research, University of British Columbia, Sept. 2016.
  • “From Imperial Engineers to Development Consultants: Japanese Engineers and the Formation of the Post-Colonial, Cold War System of Development in Asia,” Center for Asian Research, Arizona State University, February 2016.
  • “From Imperial Engineers to Development Consultants: Japanese Engineers and the Formation of the Post-Colonial, Cold War System of Development in Asia,” East Asian Studies Colloquium Series, University of Arizona, November 2015.
  • “Constructing East Asia: Technology, Ideology, and Empire in Japan’s Wartime Era, 1931-1945.” Critical Book Review Event, Tokyo University of Science, March 2015.
  • “‘The Yalu River Era of Constructing East Asia’: Technology and Japanese Imperial Power on the Colonial Borderlands.” Center for Chinese Studies, School for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Paris, March 2015.
  • “Engineering the Empire: “Comprehensive Development” in Japan’s Colonial Borderlands.” Nissan Seminar Series, Oxford University, March 2015.
  • “Re-Engineering Asia—Japanese Technical Aid and Post-Colonial Power in Cold War Asia.” East Asian Studies Seminar, Cambridge University, March 2015.
  • “‘Constructing East Asia:’ Regional Planning in the Japanese Empire and Beyond.” Institute of East Asian Studies, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea, November 2014.
  • “Total War Mobilization and Dam Construction on the Korea Borderlands.” Kyujanggak Colloquium, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, October 2014.
  • “Constructing East Asia: Technology, Ideology, and Empire in Japan's Wartime Era, 1931-1945.” Meet the Author & Critical Book Review Event, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, October 2014.
  • "Comprehensive Development in Manchukuo: The Case of Fengman Dam," Conference on “East Asia and Manchuria in the Trans-War Period,” Kookmin University, Seoul, Korea, September 2014.
  • “Interview: Constructing East Asia: Technology, Ideology, and Empire in Japan’s Wartime Era, 1931-1945,” New Books in East Asian Studies and New Books in Science, Technology, and Society podcasts, October 2013. 
  • “The Technological Imaginary of Colonial Manchukuo,” History of Science and Technology Colloquium, Seoul National University, July 2013.
  • “Japanese Development Consultancies and Post-Colonial Power in Southeast Asia: The Case of Balu Chaung Dam in Burma (1954-1960),” Center for Asian Research, Arizona State University, April 2013.
  • “Constructing East Asia: Technology and Colonial Power in Japan’s Wartime Era, 1931-1945,” Department of History, University of California—Santa Barbara, Feb. 2011.
  •  “Technology as Power in Wartime Manchukuo, 1932-1945,” Center for East Asian Studies,               University of Wisconsin—Madison, March 2010.
  • “Technologies of Asian Development”: Japanese Engineers in China and Manchuria during the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies Colloquium, UCLA, February 2009.
  • “‘Overcoming Modernity’ through Technology in Wartime Japan (1937-1945),” History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium, UCLA, January 2009.
  • “The Technological Imagination of Imperial Japan, 1931-1945,” Library of Congress, Asia Division, June 2008.

CONFERENCE/WORKSHOP PRESENTATIONS 

  • “Re-engineering Asia---Japanese Technical Aid and Post-Colonial Power in Cold War Asia,” Order and Disorder: Critical Reflections on Japanese Studies: A Conference Honoring J. Victor Koschmann, Cornell University, October 2017.
  • “Flows and Networks,” “De-Colonizing the Plan: Keywords in the History of Planning” Workshop, Max Planck Institute, Berlin, June 2017.
  • “Japanese Development Consultants, Infrastructure, and the Rise of Post-Colonial Dictatorships in Cold War Asia,” “Science, Technology, and Modern Dictatorship in Asia” Workshop, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea, June 2017.
  • “The Cold War Formation of the Northeast Asian Political Economy: Japanese Engineering Consultants and the Development of South Korea’s Hydropower Infrastructure,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, March 2017.
  • “From “Constructing” to “Developing” Asia—Japanese Engineers and the Formation of Post-Colonial, Cold War Development in Asia,” Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Department III (Artefacts, Action, and Knowledge) Colloquium, Berlin, Feb. 2017.
  • “World War II in Comparative Perspective,” Arizona Council for History Education, Mesa, AZ, August 2016
  • “From Colonial “Asian Construction” to Post-Colonial “Economic Cooperation”: Japanese Engineering Consultants and the Development of South Korea’s Hydropower Infrastructure,” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Singapore, June 2016.
  • “From Imperial Engineers to Development Consultants: Japanese Engineers and the Formation of the Post-Colonial, Cold War System of Development in South Korea,” European Forum for Korean-Japanese History, Brussels, Dec. 2015.
  • “Developing the Southern Regions”—Japanese Aid Networks and Post-Colonial Power in Cold War Asia,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society Conference, Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Oct. 2015.
  • “Constructing the Continent: Japanese Technologies of Comprehensive Urban and Regional Planning in China, 1937-1945,” International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia, Paris, July 2015.
  • “Hydropower and Neo-Colonial Power in the Mekong—“Comprehensive Development” in Japan’s Overseas Development Assistance Programs,” Association for Asian Studies in Asia Conference, Singapore, July 2014.
  • “Japanese Development Consultancies and Post-Colonial Power in Southeast Asia,” New Horizons in Modern Japan History of Technology, Cambridge, May 2014.
  •  “Japan and War Reparations Development in Southeast Asia,” Workshop on Engineering Asia: Development Visions from the Imperial to the Post-War (1931-1975), National University of Singapore, December 2013.
  • “Hydropower and Neo-Colonial Power—The Emergence of ‘Comprehensive Development’ in Japan’s Overseas Development Assistance Programs,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 2013.
  • “The Colonial Origins of Post-War “Comprehensive National Land Development,” British Association for Japanese Studies Annual Meeting, Norwich, September 2012.
  • “Constructing the Continent: Japanese Urban Planning Technology and the Case of “Pan-Asian” Beijing,” Asian Studies Conference Japan Annual Meeting, Tokyo, June 2012.
  • “Japanese Development Consultancies in Southeast Asia,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, March 2012.
  • “The Colonial Roots of Japan’s Post-War ‘Comprehensive National Land Development’ Policies,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, January 2012.
  • “Japanese Development Consultancies and Neo-Colonial Power in Southeast Asia,” Society for the Social Study of Science Annual Meeting, Cleveland, November 2011.
  • “‘Constructing East Asia:’ Coastal Industrial Cities and Regional Planning in the Japanese Empire and Beyond,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Honolulu, March 2011.
  • “Dams and Imperial Power in Wartime East Asia, 1931-1945,” Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Tacoma, September 2010.
  • “Total War Mobilization and Multi-purpose Dam Construction in Manchukuo, 1931-1945,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, March 2010.
  • “Japanese Engineers and ‘Comprehensive Technology’ in Wartime Manchukuo and China, 1931-1945,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, November 2009.
  • “‘Constructing East Asia:’ Japanese Technology Projects in Wartime Manchukuo and China, 1937-1945,” Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Tucson, October 2009.
  • “The Transnational Shaping of Theory of Technology in Imperial Japan, 1931-1945,” XXIII International Congress of the History of Science and Technology, Budapest, Hungary, July 2009.
  • “Total War, Colonial Engineers and the Precursors of Postwar ‘Comprehensive National Land Planning’”, Workshop on Dis/continuities: Nation-State Formation in Japan with Science, Technology, and Medicine during Imperialism, War, Occupation, and Peace, 1932-1962, UCLA, May 2009.
  • “The US Technocracy Movement and the Formation of Japanese Wartime Technology Bureaucrats,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta, 2008.
Honors / Awards
  • “Distinguished Contribution to Electrotechnical History” Commendation from the Society for the History of Technology, 2015. 
Editorships
  • Editorial Board, East Asia Science, Technology and Society, 2015 to present
Professional Associations
  • Association for Asian Studies
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • History of Science Society
  • Society for Social Studies of Science
  • International Society for the History of East Asian Science Technology and Medicine
  • Arizona Council for History Education
Service

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • Manuscript Reviewer, Bloomsbury Press (2016-2016).
  • Textbook Reviewer, Routledge (2016-2016).
  • Evaluator, Advanced Social Science Research on Japan, National Endowment for the Humanities (2015)
  • Book Reviewer, Technology and Culture, The Johns Hopkins University Press (2014-2014)
  • Book Reviewer, International Journal of Asian Studies, Cambridge University Press (2013-2013)
  • Book Reviewer, Japanese Studies, Routledge (2007-2007)
  • Book Reviewer, Social History (2011-2011)
  • Article Reviewer, Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique, Duke University Press, (2006-2010)

DEPARTMENT/SCHOOL SERVICE

  • Modern Chinese History Assistant Professor Search Committee, 2016-2017.
  • Co-Director of Graduate Studies, 2016-present.
  • History of Engineering Lecturer Search Committee, 2016.
  • Global/Comparative History Caucus Head, 2015-2017.
  • SHPRS History Faculty Undergraduate Policy Committee, 2015-2016.
  • SHPRS History Faculty Graduate Policy Committee, 2015-present.
  • Roger Adelson Undergraduate History Thesis Award Committee, 2014.
  • Asian Studies Major Executive Committee, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, 2013-present.
  • Faculty Advisory Council, History Faculty, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, 2013-2015.
  • Peer Assessment Committee, History Faculty, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, 2011-2012.
  • Committee Head, Guilford A. Dudley Memorial Award for Excellence in Asian Studies, 2011, 2013.
  • Asia Faculty Head, History Faculty, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, 2010-2011.
  • Undergraduate Policy Committee, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, History Faculty, Arizona State University, 2010-2012.
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine Graduate Field, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, September 2010-present.

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

  • Task Force on Asian Studies at ASU, 2016-2017.
  • Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Arizona State University, 2016 to present.
  • A.T. Steele Faculty Grant Committee, Center for Asian Research, 2013.
  • East Asia Council of Center for Asian Research, September 2011-present.
  • Korean Studies Program, Arizona State University, September 2010-present.
  • Council for Japan Studies, Arizona State University, September 2010-present.
  • Honors Faculty, Barrett, the Honors College, Arizona State University, August 2009-present.
  • Interviewer, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program, Arizona State University, 2009.
  • Center for Asian Research, Arizona State University, 2008-present.

 

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History

GRADUATE MENTORING

  • Ph.D. Dissertation Committee for Benjamin Beresford, “Stalin’s Jazz: Identity, Modernity, and Early Soviet Culture in the 1930s,” Arizona State University, 2013-2017.
  • Graduate Secondary Field Committee for Benjamin Beresford, Arizona State University, 2011.
  • Graduate Secondary Field Committee for Jessica Peyton, Arizona State University, 2011.
  • Graduate Secondary Field Committee for Joan Miller, Arizona State University, 2011.
  • MA Thesis Committee for Sze-Chieh Ng, “The Malayan Communist Revolution as Nationalist Struggle,” Arizona State University, 2011.
  • MA Thesis Committee for Mi Zhou, “The Rise and Demise of the World Economic Herald, 1980-1989,” Arizona State University, 2010.

UNDERGRADUATE MENTORING

  • Honors Thesis Chair for Marisa Borer, “The Future of Relations with China and the United States,” Arizona State University, 2015-2016.
  • Honors Thesis Advisor for Rie Hinze, “Nuclear Testing in the Pacific Islands: Pacific Islander, U.S., and Japanese Perspectives from Cold War to Present,” Arizona State University, 2014-2015 (topic changed from 2012).
  • Honors Thesis Chair for Johannes Neumann, “A Comparison Between the New Identities Built After World War II in Japan and Germany by Analyzing Textbooks Published Shortly After the War,” Arizona State University, 2013-2014.
  • Honors Thesis Advisor for Rie Hinze, “Gender and War Memory in German and Japanese Film,” Arizona State University, 2012-2013
  • Honors Thesis Advisor for Michael Piscopo, “Apologia in German and Japanese Post-War Film: A Comparative Analysis of Exculpatory Discourses on the German and Japanese Military in World War II,” Arizona State University, 2012-2013. Winner of Roger Adelson Thesis Prize for 2012-2013.
  • Honors Thesis Advisor for Jacob Schmidgall, “Origins and Development of North Korea’s Juche Ideology,” Arizona State University.  2010-2011.
Work History
  • Associate Professor, History Faculty, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, August 2014 to present.
  • Assistant Professor, History Faculty, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University, August 2008 to May 2014 (on leave, 2008-2009).
  • Terasaki Post-doctoral Research and Teaching Fellow, Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, UCLA, 2008-2009.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of History, Ohio University, Sept. 2007 to July 2008.
  • Lecturer, History Faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006-2007.