Spring 2017 Office Hours: Tuesday 1-3 and by appointment
Thomas Keirstead received his BA in East Asian Studies from Harvard and his MA and PhD in History from Stanford University. Equally interested in the history of medieval Japanese culture and in the writing of that history, Keirstead’s research and teaching ranges widely. The former interest has found expression in articles on such topics as medieval peasant rebellions and outcast groups, as well as a book, The Geography of Power in Medieval Japan. The latter interest has led him into writing about film, anime and print culture and to a book manuscript on Medieval Japan and the Making of a Modern Past. He is currently engaged in writing a cultural history of monsters and the monstrous in medieval Japan, which affords him the opportunity to read strange stories about wizards and demons, and to indulge a fondness for Japanese monster movies.