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Dr Bill Mihalopoulos

Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies
School of Humanities, Language & Global Studies

Bill teaches across a range of subjects in Asia Pacific Studies. His expertise is in the interconnectedness of Japan’s history with the wider Asia-Pacific region and in labour and gender history. He also does work on documentary film-making. Bill is Fellow of Royal Historical Society, Research Associate at SOAS, University of London, and Chief Editor for Japan Forum (2019-22).

Bill is s a versatile historian, specialising in transnational history with a focus on Japanese encounters with and impact on the wider Asia-Pacific region. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals renowned for their interdisciplinary character and innovative research. Bill’s first monograph Sex in Japan’s Globalization, 1870-1930: Prostitutes, Emigration and Nation Building was published 2011, and reissued in paperback 2016.

Bill has a wealth of international teaching experience having worked in Australia, Japan, Korea, U.A.E and United States of America. Bill grew up on a fruit farm in rural South Australia. Education has allowed him to explore the world in ways he never imagined when he was a young man. He wishes to pass on this opportunity to others.

  • Ph.D. History, New York University, 2000
  • M. Litt. Oriental Studies, University of Cambridge, 1996
  • M.A. Japanese History, Kyushu University, 1988
  • B.A. Asian Studies and History, University of Adelaide, 1983

Modules Taught

  • MLC002 - Introduction to Area Studies
  • JS1059 - Background to Japan
  • Japanese modern history
  • Anglo-Japanese relations
  • Trafficking in people, slavery and human rights
  • Legal history and international law
  • Fellow of Royal Historical Society
  • Association of Asian Studies
  • British Association of Japanese Studies
  • European Association of Japanese Studies