Chris has a BA in Modern History (1st Class) from Sheffield University and a PhD from the LSE, titled Resisting Reform: Police and Society in Occupation Japan (1945-52). He taught history at the University of Derby from 1992 to 1993 before taking up a lectureship in modern Japanese history at the University of Winchester. He assumed the role of Head of History in September 2014.
He has written extensively on the post-war occupations of mainland Japan (1945-52) and Okinawa (1945-72) and is currently working on the environmental history of the early post-war period.
Areas of expertise
Modern Japanese history
- Reforming public health in Occupied Japan, 1945-52: alien prescriptions? London: Routledge, 2012. Co-authored by Akihito Suzuki
- The police in Occupation Japan: control, corruption and resistance to reform, London: Routledge, 1997
- Articles and chapters in edited collections
- ‘A dearth of animal protein: reforming nutrition in Occupied Japan (1945-52)’, in K. Cwiertka (ed.), Food and War in Twentieth Century East Asia, Farnham: Ashgate, 2013
- ‘Contesting famine: hunger and nutrition in Occupied Japan, 1945-52, Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 17 (3), 2010, 230-56
- 'Transforming public health? A critical review of progress made against enteric diseases during the American-led Occupation of Japan (1945-52)', Nihon Ishigaku Zasshi. Journal of Japanese History of Medicine, 54 (1), 2008, 3-17
- 'Typhus in Occupied Japan, 1945-46: an epidemiological study', Japanese Studies, 26 (3), December 2006, 317-33
- 'Achieving reversion: protest and authority in Okinawa, 1952-70', Modern Asian Studies, 37 (2), June 2003, 485-508
- '"Mob" rule or popular activism? The Koza riot of 1970 and the Okinawan search for citizenship'. In Glenn D. Hook and Richard Siddle (eds), Japan and Okinawa: structure and subjectivity, London: Routledge, 2003, 148-66
- 'Masking or marking Britain's decline? The British Council and cultural diplomacy in Japan, 1952-70', in G. Daniels and C. Tsuzuki (eds), The History of Anglo-Japanese Relations, 1600 - 2000, Volume 5: Social and Cultural Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002, 3330-51
- 'Eikoku suibo o kakusu kamenka sono kokuinka - Nihon ni okeru Buritishu Kaunshiru no bunka gaiko (1952-70)' [translation of article above], in G. Daniels and C. Tsuzuki, Nichiei koryushi 1600 - 2000, 5 shakai bunka, University of Tokyo Press, 2001, 295-316
- 'Surfing the crime net: crime and criminal justice in Japan', Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal, Vol. 2, No. 4, October 2000, 61-67; 4,000 word review of internet sites on crime and policing in Japan
- 'Enigma variations: reassessing the koban', Nissan Occasional Paper Series, No. 31, July 2000. Joint authorship with Frank Leishman.
Learning and teaching projects
- 2000 - 2002 With Professor Michael Hicks, A survey of source-based work in History in higher education. Funded by LTSN Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology
- Interview for BBC Radio 4 programme Tiger Tales on post-war Okinawa, broadcast 31 May 2004