MJHA Professional Development Series

The MJHA Professional Development Series is an occasional series of panels, roundtables, and workshops designed to facilitate the professional development of scholars in the field.

2023 Events

Wednesday, August 16, 2023 | 7:00PM-8:30 PM ET | REGISTER FOR ZOOM

Tackling the Academic Job Market: Tips from the Field

Featured Panelists:

Daniel Botsman, Professor of History, Yale University
Kirsten Ziomek, Associate Professor of History, Adelphi University
Keyao "Kyle" Pan, Assistant Professor of History, Florida International University

Panelists will offer advice and strategies for navigating the academic job market. They will also speak about how to best position one's application to respond to the needs of different types of institutions. A question and answer session with the audience members will follow.

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 | 9:00PM-10:30 PM ET | REGISTER FOR ZOOM

Job Hunting Outside North America, Part I: Asia


Tristan Grunow, Associate Professor of History, Nagoya University

Featured Panelists:

Sayaka Chatani, Associate Professor of History, National University of Singapore
Andrew Hall, Associate Professor of History, Kyushu University
Jeremy Yellen, Associate Professor of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lindsay Nelson-Santos, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Meiji University

Panelists will discuss what is involved in seeking jobs outside of North America, consider how these jobs differ from those at North American institutions, provide tips for successfully pursuing these opportunities, and offer frank advice on the pros and cons of these positions.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | 7:00PM-8:30 PM ET | REGISTER FOR ZOOM

Writing and Publishing a Second Book

Featured Panelists:

Sabine Frühstück, Koichi Takashima Professor in Japanese Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Kären Wigen, Frances & Charles Field Professor in History, Stanford University
Alexis Dudden, Professor of History, University of Connecticut

Panelists will offer advice and strategies for writing and publishing a second book in Japanese studies.

Friday, December 8, 2023 | 7:00PM-8:30 PM ET | REGISTER FOR ZOOM

Ask the Editors: Publishing Your Book in Japanese Studies

Featured Panelists:

William Masami Hammell, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Pittsburgh Press
Masako Ikeda, Executive Editor, University of Hawai‘i Press
Daniel Seungchurl Lee, Japan/Korea Editor, Harvard University Asia Center Publications Program
Akiko Yamagata, Owner & Editor, Graphite Editing

Panelists will offer advice and strategies for writing and publishing a book in Japanese studies, with an emphasis on aiming to publish in a peer-reviewed academic press.

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