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TSURUMI Taro, Ph.D.     *I'm not Prof. Taro Tsurumi (Japanese History)  at Waseda University

Year of Birth


Place of Birth and Residence

Kamioka-Cho (now, Hida-City), Gifu Prefecture (in the middle of Japan). Raised there as well as in Tokyo metropolitan cities including Hino City and Saitama (Urawa) City. Have lived for a while in Jerusalem and New York (Brooklyn) as well. Currently live in Tokyo


Photography, Baseball, and Travel

Affiliation & Position

Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Area Studies (since 2016)


Sociology (Historical Sociology), Ethnicity and Nationalism, Modern and Contemporary Jewish History and the History of Related Areas (Imperial Russia and USSR, Israel/Palestine)

Other Interests

Slavic World, Islamic World, Modern Japanese History, History of the Discriminated-Buraku (a group of Japanese people), History of Yoseba (a town for day laborers), Social Capital, International Relations, Social Psychology

Languages for Research

Japanese, English, Russian, Hebrew (Ptor at Hebrew Univ.), German and Yiddish (both reading very slowly with dictionary)

Society and Association

Japan Association for Middle East Studies (2004-), Japan Sociological Society (2006-), Association for Israel Studies (2007-), Japan Society for Jewish Studies (2007-; 2010- Editotial Board), Japan Society for the Study of Russian History (2010-), Association for the Study of Nationalities (2010-), Association for Jewish Studies, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)


Education and Research

2014-2016 Associate Professor (tenure-track), Saitama Unviersity, Research and Development Bureau 

2012-2014 JSPS postdoctoral fellow for research abroad

2012-2014 Visiting Scholar at New York University, Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Humanities (April 2010-September).

Ph.D., The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, March 2010

Research Fellow (PD), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (April 2009-March 2012)

Visiting Research Fellow at Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (October 2006-June 2007)

Doctoral Course at Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo (April   2006-March 2009)

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo (April 2004-March 2006)

   Degree: M. A. (The title of my M. A. thesis is: Zionism and the Russian Empire: A Historical-Sociological Study on Nationalism (in Japanese))

   Major: Advanced Social and International Studies (Course of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences)

Department of European and American Studies I, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (April   2000-March 2004)

    Degree: B. A. (The title of my B. A. thesis is: 'Nationalization' of the 'Jew' and Palestine: A Sociological Consideration of Zionism (in Japanese))

    Major: English; Area and International Studies

Scholarship and Fellowship

2004-2006, Grant from Japan Student Serveces Organization

2006-2009, DC1 Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

2009-2012, Post-doctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

April 2010-September 2010, Excellent Yong Researchers Overseas Visit Program, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


Have taught introductory sociology, ethnicity and nationalism, qualitative social research, East European Jewish history, and others at Saitama University, Meiji Gakuin University, UTokyo, and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Currently at UTokyo, teaching Freshman Seminar, International Relations, Russian and East European Society and Politics (both lecture and seminar), Seminar at the graduate school. Committee Member of Global Studies Program


Jan 2015, Encouraging prize, the Japan Academy

Dec 2014, JSPS Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Oct 2013, Encouraging prize for book author, Japan Sociological Society

Mar 2011, The University of Tokyo Nambara Shigeru Publication Prize, The University of Tokyo

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