Field: United States
Advisor: Anders Stephanson
Masako Hattori studies U.S. history. Her interests include social and cultural history of ideas, education and childhood, war and nationalism, temporality and spatiality, and historical methodology. Her dissertation explores the mobilization of American youth for World War II. By examining not only the years in which the United States was officially at war but also the transitional years of the late 1930s and early 1940s, her project bridges the historiographical gap between the two periods often labeled and examined separately as the "Depression/New Deal" and "World War II," respectively. Situated at the intersection of the histories of education, total war, and citizenship, it seeks to understand comparatively what it meant for American adults to ask young men and women to fight and die for their nation, while they witnessed children and youths elsewhere in the world being dragged into the conflict.
Masako received her undergraduate and M.A. degrees in American Studies from the University of Tokyo (2006, 2008), and her M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in U.S. History from Columbia (2012, 2013). She enjoys teaching as much as she does researching. She has received a teaching certificate from the Teagle Summer Institute at Columbia, and courses she helped run at the University of Tokyo and Columbia cover colonial, nineteenth-century, and twentieth-century American history, as well as introduction to academic writing. As a scholar and teacher, she seeks to develop transnational academic networks of scholars from around the world, and share with her students the importance and excitement of thinking globally and comparatively.