Hillary Maxson, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of History
503-352-2034
UC Box 
A165
Marsh Hall 335 (Forest Grove)
Courses Taught: 
HIST 115 | East Asian Civilization
HIST 216 | History of Modern Japan
 
Upcoming Courses:
HIST 155 | Global History of Food
HIST 355 | Samurai in Japanese Film
HIST 455 | Women and Sexuality in East Asia
 
Background
I received my doctorate in Modern Japanese History in 2018. I have published on the development of matricentric feminism in 1950s Japan. My most recent work concentrates on the ways that, as consumers, women shaped many of the dietary and technological changes that took place in the postwar Japanese kitchen. This research engages with the personal household account books of women who became involved in 1960s and 1970s co-op movements.
 
Education
PhD in Modern Japanese History, University of Oregon, 2018
MA in Modern Japanese History, University of Oregon, 2012
BA in History, University of Nevada Las Vegas, 2008
 
Published Works
"From 'Motherhood in the Interest of the State' to Motherhood in the Interest of Mothers: Rethinking the First Mothers' Congress," in Rethinking Japanese Feminisms, University of Hawai'i Press, 2017.
 
Presentations
"From Martial Mothers to Peaceful Family Managers: Food, Gender, and Labor in the Postwar Japanese Household," Gendering War and Peace in Japan Workshop, The University of British Columbia, 2018
 
"Kakeibo Monogatari: Women's Consumerism and the Postwar Japanese Kitchen," Oregon Humanities Center, 2016
 
"Kakeibo and Kitchens: Women's Consumerism in Postwar Japan," Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2016
 
"Motherhood and the State in Postwar Japan," Western Conference Association for Asian Studies, 2014
 
"'Come Back Dead': The State's Construction of a Martial Motherhood in Prewar Japan," Western Association of Women Historians Annual Conference, 2013
 
"From 'Motherhood in the Interest of the State' to Motherhood in the Interest of Mothers: Rethinking the First Mothers' Congress," Emory University Sex, Gender, and Society: Rethinking Modern Japanese Feminisms Conference, 2013