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Carol Gluck

Director, Politics of Memory in Global Context; George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Language and Culture, Columbia University; Chair, The Committee on Global Thought

Carol Gluck serves as the Director for the Politics of Memory in Global Context.

At Columbia she has taught undergraduates, graduate students, and students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) for forty years. She has contributed to innovations in undergraduate education at Columbia and around the country, including a four-year $2-million project on Expanding East Asian Studies. Her Ph.D. students in history now teach in universities across the United States, Asia, and Europe.

A prize-winning historian, her most recent book is Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, co-edited with Anna Tsing (Duke University Press, 2009). Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, will be published by the University of California Press in 2015, and Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Among her recent articles is "Meiji e Modernidade: da História à Teoria," in O Japão no Caleidoscópio: Estudies da Sociedade e da Historia Japonesa, ed., Ronan Alves Periera and Tae Suzuki (Sao Paulo: Pontes, 2014) and "More Novels about World War II," Public Books (May 2015). She was the Cleveringa Professor for 2014-15 at Leiden University and lectured in Jerusalem, Tokyo, Leiden, Paris, and at colleges and universities across the United States. She also moderated seminars for the Aspen Institute in Colorado and Berlin. She directs the transnational project on The Politics of Memory in Global Context, which this past year held workshops and symposia in New York and at the Columbia Global Centers in Paris, Istanbul, and Amman.

At Columbia she is the Chair of The Committee on Global Thought, and directs the WEAI publications program, working with Ross Yelsey and others to produce the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Weatherhead Books on Asia, and Asia Perspectives. As the founding Columbia coordinator of the international Consortium on Asian and African Studies (CAAS), she organized an international symposium at Columbia in October 2014 with forty participants from seven universities in Europe, Asia, and North America. She currently serves as elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, on the Board of Directors of Japan Society, the board of the Weatherhead Foundation, and numerous editorial boards and national and international committees.

Professor Gluck received her BA from Wellesley in 1962 and her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1977. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1975.

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