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Luke Shepherd Roberts
Curriculum Vitae

Mailing Address
Department of History
University of California at Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Tel. 805-893-2556

Current Position
associate professor of Japanese History
Date of Birth: July 15, 1959

Ph.D., Princeton University Graduate School 1991, East Asian Studies Dept., Marius Jansen, mentor
MA., Princeton University Graduate School 1988, East Asian Studies Dept., Marius Jansen, mentor
Research student (kenkyuusei), Tokyo University 1984-1986, in Dept. of National (Japanese) History, Kanai Madoka, mentor.
Certificate in Advanced Japanese, Waseda University (Tokyo), 1984 BA.
Oberlin College, 1981, Anthropology/Sociology Dept.

Area of Specialization
Japanese political, social and economic history of the Edo period, especially Tosa domain.

Professional Organizations
The Association for Asian Studies
The American Historical Association
Tosa Shidankai (Japan)
Kainan Shigakkai (Japan)


"Ko Moriguchi Kouji-shi wo shinobu," Tosa shidan, no. 218 (Dec 2001), pp. 147-8

"Mori Yoshiki: Samurai Government Officer," pp. 25-42 in Anne Walthall ed. The Human Tradition in Modern Japan (Scholarly Resources, 2001)

review: Land and Lordship in Early Modern Japan, by Mark Ravina, for The Journal of Japanese Studies (Summer 2001), pp. 421-425.

"Translation of the Memorial of Imakita Sakubei to the Lord of Tosa, Yamauchi Toyochika," Early Modern Japan (Spring 2001)

with Sharon Takeda, Japanese Fisherman's Coats From Awaji Island, (UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, 2001)

Exhibit; co-curator with Sharon Takeda, Japanese FishermanÕs Coats From Awaji Island, University Art Museum, UCSB (March 24-May 20, 2001), The Textile Museum, Washington D.C. (June 29-Sept 2, 2001), University of Michigan Museum of Art (Oct. 14, 2001-January 5, 2002), UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History (April 21-July 28, 2002)

revised reprint of "Tosa han sojoubako no seido to kinou" (The Creation and Operation of the Petition Box in the Realm of Tosa), pp. 158-175 in Fukaya Katsumi and Hori Shin eds., Kinsei Kokka (Tenbou Nihon Rekishi, vol. 13), (Toukyoudou, 2000)

review; Osaka: The Merchant's Capital of Early Modern Japan, edited by James McClain and Wakita Osamu, for Journal of Japanese Studies (Summer 2000), pp. 402-406

review; Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early Modern Thought and Politics, by Gregory Smits, for Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 54, no. 4 (Winter 1999), pp. 529-531

Mercantilism in a Japanese Domain: The Merchant Origins of Economic Nationalism in 18th-Century Tosa, (Cambridge University Press, 1998)

translation; Watanabe Hiroshi, "About Some Japanese Historical Terms", Sino-Japanese Studies, Vol. 10, no. 2 (Apr 1998), pp. 32-42

"A Petition for a Popularly Chosen Council of Government in Tosa in 1787", Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, Vol. 57, No. 2 (Dec 1997), pp. 575-596

"Tosa to ishin--'kokka' no soshitsu to 'chihou' no tanjo" (Tosa and the Meiji Restoration--The Loss of a 'Country' and the Birth of a 'Region'"), Nenpou kindai Nihon kenkyuu, Vol. 20 (Nov 1997), pp. 211-235

review; Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan, Constantine Vaporis, for Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 15, no. 1 (Spring 1996), pp. 121-123

review; The Making of a Japanese Periphery, KŠren Wigen, for The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol. 55, no. 3 (Aug 1996), pp. 739-740

"Tosa no bukeyashiki to chiikishi" (Tosa's samurai residence and local history), Kenchiku zasshi, Vol. 111, no. 1388 (Apr 1996), pp. 42-43

"Tosa-hanshi Imakita Sakubei ni yoru hansei kaikaku an--Tenmei shichinen no jiyuuminken shisou no ichigenryuu" (The reform proposal of Tosa samurai Imakita Sakubei--1787 intellectual roots of the Popular Rights Movement), Tosa shidan, no. 200 (Jan 1996), pp. 53-61

"A Transgressive Life: The Diary of a Genroku Samurai," in Early Modern Japan, Vol. 5, no. 2 (Dec 1995), pp. 25-30

review; Edo and Paris: Urban Life and the State in the Early Modern Era, James McClain, John Merriman, and Ugawa Kaoru, eds., for The Japan Foundation Newsletter. Vol. 33, no. 1 (Sep 1995), pp 12-14

review; Central Authority and Local Autonomy in the Formation of Early Modern Japan: The Case of Kaga Domain, Philip Brown, for The Historian, Vol. 57, no. 2 (Winter 1995), pp. 401-402

"The Petition Box in Eighteenth-Century Tosa," Journal of Japanese Studies, (Summer 1994), vol. 20, no. 2, pp 423-458

review; Patriots and Redeemers in Japan, George M. Wilson, for Chanoyu Quarterly, no. 72 (1993), pp. 66-68

review; Servants, Shophands and Laborers in the Cities of Tokugawa Japan, Gary Leupp, for Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 52, no. 2 (May 1993), pp. 460-461

"Bukeyashiki (Kouchi-shi Okawasuji) no hozon wo" (An Appeal to Preserve the Last Samurai Residence In Kouchi City), Kouchi shinbun (June 11, 1991)

"Tosa han sojoubako no seido to kinou" (The Creation and Operation of the Petition Box in the Realm of Tosa), Kainan shigaku, no 28 (Aug 1990), p. 45-62

"Tenmei shichi-nen no chousan ikki to joukamachi soudou no shin shiryou--Nomi Reinan no Øminato nikki' yori" (A New Document on the Village Protests and Castletown Riots of 1787: The Diary of Nomi Reinan), Tosa shidan, no.183 (Mar 1990), p. 22-26

"Bukeyashiki" (Samurai residence) Mainichi shinbun (Kouchi edition, part 1 and part 2, Jan 10 and 11, 1990)

"Genroku makki Tosa no jidaka ni tsuite-'Honden shinden jibaraichou' kankei no shin shiryou." (The Amount of Land under Cultivation in Tosa Circa the Year 1700--A New Cadastral Survey Document). Tosa shidan, no 182 (Dec 1989), p. 156-157

"Tosa hansei chuuki ni okeru 'jidaka' ni tsuite," (A Reassessment of the Amount of Land Under Cultivation in Eighteenth-Century Tosa), Tosa shidan, no 181 (Sept 1989), p. 9-17

"Kouchi jouka saigo no bukeyashiki" (The Last Remaining Samurai Residence in KouchiÕs castle town), Kouchi shinbun (Dec 2, 1987)