Ian J. Miller

Ian J. Miller

Professor of History
Affiliate Professor, Department of History of Science and Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Faculty Dean of Cabot House
Ian Miller

Research Interests

Modern Japanese history, with primary focus on imperialism and the cultural dimensions of scientific, medical, and environmental change; international history of natural history, especially as relates to animal collection, classification, and exhibition; global history of tsunami.

Related Publications

The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo (University of California Press, 2013). With forward by Harriet Ritvo.

Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2013).

"Bitter Legacy, Injured Coast," New York Times, March 19, 2011.

"Didactic Nature: Exhibiting Nation and Empire at the Ueno Zoological Gardens" in JAPANimals: History and Culture in Japan's Animal Life (Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, 2005).

Japan's Natural Legacies: Bodies and Landscapes Realized, Idealized, and Poisoned. (Conference, 2008)

Didactic Nature: Exhibiting Nation and Empire at the Ueno Zoological Gardens. (2005)

Environmental Courses


Faculty Department


Contact Information

CGIS South S421

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