Jeremy A. Yellen is a historian of modern Japan who earned a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 2012. His research interests center on Japan’s political, diplomatic, and transnational history. Jeremy’s research projects grapple with the politics and transformative nature of modern war, and shed light on broader issues of empire, decolonization, international order, and war termination. His articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Contemporary History, The International History Review, The Diplomat, and the Hong Kong Economic Journal. Since August 2014, he has been an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Jeremy’s book project, Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity: When Total Empire Met Total War examines the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Japan’s ambitious wartime attempt to create a new order in East Asia. This study centers on the wartime Japanese effort to envision a postwar world, and shows how envisioning this new order in Asia helped redefine the nature of Japan’s regional empire. At the same time, the study highlights the ways in which Japan’s new order was mobilized and co-opted by nationalist leaders in the Philippines and Burma. Moreover, it reveals that Japan’s Pacific War, although brutal and domineering, was in some ways useful in the colonial present. Nationalist leaders in Southeast Asia made conscious use of Japan’s redefined empire to engage in state-building measures and prepare for an independent future.
Jeremy also maintains a strong interest in the history of US-Japan relations and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy.