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Curriculum Vitae

Simon Partner

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Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719 (919) 684-5464 (office)

Ph.D.Columbia University1997
M.Phil.Columbia University1994
M.A.Columbia University1993
M.A.University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)1985
M.B.A.University of Manchester (United Kingdom)1984
B.A.University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)1980
Professional Experience / Employment History

Duke University
Professor, Department of History, 2011 - present
Associate Professor, Department of History, 2003 - 2011
Assistant Professor, Department of History, 1997 - 2003
Japan Research Associates, Inc.
President, 1991 - 1997
Consulting on the Japanese economy and business
BEI/Golembe Associates
Vice President, 1984 - 1990
Staff consultant specializing in international banking, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions
Grindlays Bank PLC
Management trainee, 1980 - 1982
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Humboldt Research Award, Humboldt Foundation, 2012-2014
Partnership in a Global Age, Mellon Foundation, 2013-2014
Research Fellowship in Japan, Japan Foundation, 2005-2006
Japan Foundation Fellowship, Japan Foundation, 2012-2014
Smith Faculty Enrichment Fellowship, Duke University, Fall 2003
Research Fellowship in Japan, Fulbright Scholar Program, September 2000 - May 2001
Rikkyo University Visiting Professorship, Rikkyo University, 2010-2014
Traditional Fulbright Scholarship, Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, 1997-8
Dissertation Research Fellowship, Japan Foundation, 1995-6
Professional Service

Departmental Committee
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2012 - present  
Chair, Speakers' Committee, 2008 - 2009  
Chair, Sachsenmaier Renewal Committee, Fall 2008  
Computer Liaison Committee, 2002 - present  
Department Executive Committee, July, 2001 - 2009 (except when on leave  
Chair, Modern China Search Committee, 2012 - 2013  
Chair, South Asia search committee, September, 2006 - December, 2006  
Chair, Carnegie Initiative on Graduate Education, September, 2004 - May, 2005  
Honors Thesis Review Committee, April, 2003  
Department Executive Committee, July, 1999 - May, 2000  
Honors Thesis Review Committee, April, 2000  
University Committee
Dean's Advisory Group on Hiring in East Asia, 2012 - present  
Chair, Tang Chair Search Committee, July 31, 2013 - May 31, 2014  
Smith Faculty Enrichment Fellowship Selection Committee, 2003 - 2004  
Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Executive Committee, September, 2001 - 2003  
Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Speakers’ Committee, September, 1998 - May, 2000  
Fulbright Fellowship Evaluation Committee (Duke internal committee), October, 1999 - November, 1999  
Mellon Scholarship Evaluation Committee (Duke internal committee), February, 1999 - April, 1999  
University Service
Faculty Advisor, Duke East Asia Nexus, 2012 - present  
Triangle Center for Japanese Studies Executive Committee, 2011 - present  
Director, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, 2009 - present  
Organizer, Triangle Japan Forum, 1 July 2002  
Faculty Advisor, Duke Kendo Club, 2001 - present  
Departmental Service
Organizer, History Department Colloquium, 2006 - 2009  
Organizer, History Department Faculty Colloquium on “Narratives of the Individual”, 2001 - 2002  
Service to the Community
Clerk, Peace and Social Concerns Committee, Durham Friends Meeting, January 01, 2013 - present  
ESL Teaching, 2011 - 2012  
Murder Victims Website, 2008 - present  
Community Activities
Duke Japanese language partner program, 1998 - 2000  
faculty advisor, Language Dorm, Japan Floor, September, 1999 - May, 2000  
advisor and facilitator, Toyama-Durham school exchange, October, 1999  
Selected Recent Invited Talks

The Merchant's Tale: Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan, 1 November 2018  
Dreams Deferred: A Japanese Villager and her Community, 1925-1970, Vienna, Austria, 1 June 2016  
Japan in the Eyes of the World: Visual Culture in 19th Century Yokohama, Heidelberg, Germany, 1 May 2016  
Reluctant Embrace: Bodily Encounters in the Yokohama Treaty Port, Heidelberg, Germany, 1 May 2016  
Marketing the Japanese Economic Miracle: The Case of the Electrical Goods Industry, Haifa, Israel, 1 March 2016  
Transformative Spaces of 19th Century East Asia: A Japanese Merchant’s Experience of Treaty Port Yokohama, Goettingen, Germany, 1 March 2016  
Media, visual culture, performance: Contesting and creating “Japan” in 1860’s Yokohama, Heidelberg, Germany, 1 January 2016  
Small Town, Big Dreams: Yokohama Merchants in the 1860s, Cambridge, MA, 1 April 2015  
In the Land of the Gods, Durham, NC, 1 December 2012  
Mummies, Mudras and Madmen: In Search of God in the Mountains of Japan., Chapel Hilll, NC, 1 December 2012  
Postwar Japan as History, Meiji University, Tokyo, July 2011  
Mummies, Mudras and Madmen, UNC, Chapel Hill, December 3, 2010  
Travel Narratives of East Asia, UNC Chapel Hill, November 12, 2009  
Toshie: The Transformation of the Japanese Countryside, 1925-1975, Duke, November 13, 2008  
Fuqua Business School Lecture on Japan, April 29, 2008  
NCTAN Teachers' Workshop, Wilmington, NC, March 30, 2008  
Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer, Duke History, March 01, 2008  
Business and the Consumer: Who Created Whom?, Southern Japan Conference, Miami, November, 2006  
Nihon no shoshisha ha doko kara kimashita ka? (Where did the Japanese consumer come from?), Tokyo, June 13, 2006  
An Overview of Japan's Postwar Experience, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, March 24, 2005  
The Story of Haruko, Engaging Faculty series, Duke University, January 29, 2004  
Coercion and Consent: The Home Front in Japan, Duke University, "The Weight of War" series, February 26, 2003 [html]  
Nihon no denki sangyo to juyo sosaku-1950 nendai ni oite (The Japanese electrical goods industry and market creation in the 1950s), ISICS Cultural Studies Program, University of Tokyo, June 2001  
Graduate Studies and Trends in the Academy, Japan-United States Educational Commission, Tokyo, March 2001  
20-seiki Nihon noson ni okeru seikatsu kaizen undo (The Lifestyle Improvement movement in 20th century rural Japan), Kanto chapter meeting of the Social and Economic Hisotry Society (Shakai Keizaishi Gakkai), December 2000  
Publications (listed separately)

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