College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

photo of Emily AndersonEmily Anderson

Assistant Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 313 – 509-335-2217


Ph.D. UCLA, 2010

Academic & Professional Interests

Emily Anderson teaches modern Japanese history. Her research focuses on the intersection of religion and imperialism in modern Japan, including in areas colonized by the Japanese empire and in diasporic communities. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the relationship between Christianity and the rise of the Japanese empire, focusing on how a diverse group of Japanese Protestants developed their ideas and practices within the context of imperialism.



Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan: Empire for God (Bloomsbury Publishing, SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan, forthcoming 2014)

Academic Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Containing Voices in the Wilderness: Censorship and Religious Dissent in the Japanese Countryside,” Church History 83, no 2 (June 2014): 397-420.

“The Making of a Japanese Rural Christian Community: Conversion Through Family Networks in Late Nineteenth Century Japan,” in Jason Coy et al, editors, Kinship and Community: Society and Culture in European History (Berghahn Books, forthcoming 2014).

“Ebina Danjō no Amerika kōen ryokō to Dōshisha daigaku Nisei kyōiku puroguramu” (Ebina Danjo’s American speaking tours and the Doshisha University Nisei education program), in Yoshida Ryō, editor, Amerika Nikkei Nisei to ekkyō kyōiku: 1930 nendai wo omoni shite (Transnational Education for Japanese American Nisei) (Fuji shuppan, 2012).

“Tamura Naoomi’s The Japanese Bride: Christianity, Nationalism, and Family in Meiji Japan,” Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 34, no. 1 (Summer 2007): 203-228. Reprinted in Mark Mullins, editor, Critical Readings on Contemporary Christianity in Japan (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming)












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