Associate Professor


Ph.D., History, University of California Berkeley, 2009
Certificate, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies Ten-Month Program, 2007
Certificate,Inter-University Program in Mandarin, 2005
B.A/M.A., Brandeis University, 2003

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia; Transnational/Comparative
History; Cultural Studies


Professor Kingsberg specializes in the history of modern Japan. Her book, Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History (under contract with the University of California Press), examines illegal drugs as the foundation of a global consensus on the nature of political legitimacy in nations and empires. She is currently researching the history of anthropology, archaeology, and national identity in twentieth-century Japan. Professor Kingsberg received her B.A./M.A. from Brandeis University in 2003 and her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 2009. She spent 2010-2012 on leave as an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

Selected Publications

April 2015. "Repatriation But Not 'Return': A Japanese Brazilian Dekasegi Goes Back to Brazil," Japan Focus.

2014. Moral Nation: Modern Japan and Narcotics in Global History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

2013. “Methamphetamine Solution: Drugs and the Reconstruction of Nation in Postwar Japan.” Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 76 No. 1: 1-22.

2012 “Legitimating Empire, Legitimating Nation: The Scientific Study of Opium Addiction in Japanese Manchuria.” Journal of Japanese Studies Vol. 38 No. 2: 329-355.