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Kristin Roebuck

Assistant Professor, History
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Kristin Roebuck is a historian of modern Japan whose research interests encompass the history of the body, medicine and law, race and sexuality, and Japanese international relations.

Kristin is drafting a book manuscript entitled Japan Reborn: Mixed-Race Children and the Family of Nations after World War II.  The book explores a mass-mediated furor with geopolitcal implications that erupted in the 1950s over "mixed-blood" children born to Japanese women and American soldiers stationed in defeated Japan.  Japan Reborn exposes how Japanese nationalism, often erroneously held to have vanished in the wake of defeat in World War II, was instead reconstructed on a new basis: that of the "pure race" rather than the failed state.