Field: East Asia/Japan
Advisor: Samuel Roberts
JJoshua Evan Schlachet is a third-year doctoral student in nineteenth-century Japanese cultural and culinary history. His research interests focus on the contributions of medical practitioners and naturalist scholars to late-Edo and Meiji period conceptions of nourishment and dietary health, as well as the economic and moral implications of their ideas within the early modern Japanese social order. Joshua earned his B.A. in History and Asian Studies from Cornell University in 2008 and his M.A. in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan in 2011. He conducted Fulbright research on the socio-political significance of the sugar trade in southern Japan in 2009 and more recently explored questions of Dutch-Japanese ethnographic representation in Leiden, The Netherlands.