Dr. Bill Mihalopoulos

Lecturer in Asian Pacific and Japanese Studies

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Adelphi Building, AB148

+44 (0) 1772 89 5497


Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies

Dr Bill Mihalopoulos is a Lecturer in Asian Pacific and Japanese Studies at the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies at UCLan. Bill welcomes proposals for doctoral research on for doctoral research on Japanese and Asian Pacific history, culture and society. He is especially interested in historical projects dealing with Anglo-Japanese relations, Japanese imperialism in the Pacific, pan-asianism, and on issues of sexuality and gender. Bill also writes on film and welcomes research proposals dealing with Japanese cinema.

Bill’s expertise is in: the symbiosis of Japanese and European imperialism in Southeast Asia, sexuality and gender, labour migration and the trafficking in people.

Full Profile

Dr Bill Mihalopoulos has a wealth of international teaching experience having worked in Australia, Japan, Korea, U.A.E and United States of America. He has published widely in journals such as Economy and Society, post-colonial studies and Gender and History renowned for their interdisciplinary character and for promoting pioneering research.

He is a Research Associate at the Japanese Research Centre at SOAS (the University of London, UK), and is currently Chief-Editor of Japan Forum.


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

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

  • Module Leader: MLC002: Introduction to Area Studies
  • Module Leader: JS1059: Background to Japan
  • Module Tutor: AI2001: Cultural Transformation and Cross-cultural Encounters in the Asia-Pacific


  • Association of Asian Studies (AAS)
  • British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS)



Sex in Japan’s Globalization, 1870-1930: Japanese Prostitutes Abroad and Nation Building, Routledge (2016). Paperback.

Book Chapters

“Time out of Joint: Imamura Shōhei and the search for an ‘Other’ Japan” in D. Desser & L. Coleman(eds.), Killers, Clients and Kindred Spirits: The Taboo Cinema of Shohei Imamura, Edinburgh University Press (2019): 228-245.

“Statehood, Gender and Japanese Migration to Singapore, 1890-1920” in P. Iacobelli, D. Leary & S. Takahashi (eds.), Transnational Japan as History, New York: Palgrave Macmillan Press (2016): 145-166.


“Documenting a People yet to Be Named: History of a Bar Hostess.” Arts (28 March 2019). Online.

“Gendered Japan: Law, Empire, and Modern Girls on the Go,” The Journal of Asian Studies 77.2 (2018): 526-535.

“The never-ending Pacific War: Imamura Shōhei and the ruse of memory,” Japan Forum: 1-19 (2018). Online.

“Introduction to Imamura Shōhei: Betwixt Fiction and Documentary” and “Betwixt Fiction and Documentary” (translation), Asian Cinema 28.1 (2017): 93-105.