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Elisheva Perelman

Academic Interests:

Medicine in East Asia, East Asian Christianity, medical missions, popular culture in history, gender and labor history, nationalism.


Dr. Perelman is currently working on her next book about the relationship between Christianity and international relations following Japan’s defeat and the American Occupation through the lens of the tragedy of the Toya Maru ferry disaster.

Courses Taught:
  • HIST 114: Confusingly Confucian: Creating East Asia t0 1600
  • HIST 115: Modern East Asia
  • HIST 317: China: Global Domination
  • HIST 319: Monsters and Modernity: Japanese History Through Horror
  • HIST 395: War Games: Remembering and Revising the Pacific War

American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan, Hong Kong University Press.

“Babysan’s Burden:  An Analysis of the American Occupation of Japan through Cartoons.” Close Encounters in War (2: Displacement and War).

“The Japanese Way of Silence and Seclusion: Memes of Imperial Women.” The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. 

“The Exponent of Breath: How Foreign Evangelical Organizations Utilized a Public Health Lacuna for Their Own Benefit.” The International Journal of Science in Society.

“The Appropriated Geisha: Using Their Role to Discuss Japanese History, Cultural Appropriation, and Orientalism.”  Education about Asia.

  • Education

    Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
    M.A. University of California, Berkeley
    B.A. Mount Holyoke College