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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 was Head of History from September 2014 to August 2018.

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.

Higher Education Teaching Quailification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).

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

  • Replenishing the soil: food, fertiliser and soil science in Occupied Japan (1945-52), Environment and History, March 2020
  • 'The anatomy of Allied Occupation: contesting the resumption of Japanese Antarctic whaling, 1945-52', Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 29 (4), 2019, 338-67
  • ‘A tale of two occupations: hunting wildlife in Occupied Japan, 1945-52’, Journal of American-East Asian Relations, 22 (2), 2015, pp. 120-46
  • ‘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
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