Professor Haruko Wakabayashi is a cultural historian of 12th-16th century Japan. Her interest lies in the social, cultural, and intellectual development of medieval Japan, and the use of visual sources in the study of history. She wrote her first book on the mythical creature tengu as representations of evil in Japanese Buddhism, and is currently working on medieval Japanese perceptions and interpretations of natural disasters. Meanwhile, as a historian with a bicultural and bilingual background (Japan and the U.S.), she has been intrigued by the early relationship between Rutgers and Japan in the late nineteenth century. Last semester, she taught an Honors Seminar, “Rutgers Meets Japan: Revisiting Early U.S.-Japan Encounters.” Professor Wakabayashi earned her Ph.D. in Japanese history from Princeton University, and prior to teaching at Rutgers, taught Japanese history, religion, and art history at Princeton University and a number of universities in Japan.
- Department of Asian Language & Cultures