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Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1980
Professor Hastings teaches courses on Japan and East Asia. Her primary research interest is gender in modern Japan.
Hist 241 East Asia and the Modern World (20270)Hist 495 Research in Historical Topics: American Missionaries in East Asia (69465)
Professor Hastings earned her A.B. degree at Tufts University, her A.M. degree at Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Japanese history at the University of Chicago. Since coming to Purdue from Northeastern Illinois University in 1990, she has taught courses on the history of Japan and East Asia. She has enjoyed research appointments as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University; as a visiting scholar at Tokyo Joshi Daigaku, Harvard University, and Tokyo International Christian University; and as a Fulbright Fellow in Japan. She has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Iowa, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, Tokyo Denki Daigaku, and Tokyo International University. Her publications include Neighborhood and Nation in Tokyo, 1905-1937 (Pittsburgh, 1995) and several book chapters and articles on modern Japanese women. She is now finishing a book on the first generation of women legislators in Japan, 1946-1953. She is a past chair of the Midwest Japan Seminar, past president of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, and has served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Asian Studies. She is Editor of the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal and a reviewer of manuscripts for numerous university presses and scholarly journals.