Field: East Asia/Japan; Advisor: Gluck; Year: 2009
Andre Kobayashi Deckrow is a sixth-year doctoral candidate in modern Japanese and Latin American history. His dissertation examines state-led Japanese migration to Brazil in the 1920s and 30s. Andre’s research interests include modernization, Japanese empire, and Brazilian regional and constitutional history. His research has been sponsored by the Japan Foundation and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship.
Prior to graduate study at Columbia, Andre graduated from Amherst College in 2006 with a double major in History and Asian Languages and Civilizations. He wrote his senior thesis on post-World War II Japanese nationalism and the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, Andre traveled the Pacific Rim researching Japanese gardens as symbols of historical memory on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship from 2006-7.
During the 2010-2011 academic year, Andre served as co-President of the Columbia Graduate History Association.