Kristin Roebuck

Assistant Professor and Howard Milstein Faculty Fellow


Kristin is drafting a book manuscript entitled Japan Reborn: Race and the Family of Nations after World War II.  The book explores a mass-mediated furor with geopolitcal implications that erupted in the 1950s over "mixed-blood" children born to Japanese women and American soldiers stationed in defeated Japan.  Japan Reborn exposes how Japanese nationalism, often erroneously held to have vanished in the wake of defeat in World War II, was instead reconstructed on a new basis: that of the "pure race" rather than the failed state. 

Research Focus

Kristin Roebuck is a historian of modern Japan whose research interests encompass the history of the body, medicine and law, race and sexuality, and Japanese international relations.  


Japan Reborn: Mixed-Race Children and the Family of Nations after World War II.  Book manuscript in progress.

"Akihito Bows Out, Ushering in New Era for Japan's Post-War Generation," The Hill (30 April 2019),

“Orphans by Design: ‘Mixed-Blood’ Children, Child Welfare, and Racial Nationalism in Postwar Japan,” Japanese Studies Vol. 36.2 (Sep. 2016). 

“De-Provincializing Eugenics: The Persistence of ‘Race Hygiene’ in Japan after Its Decline in the West,” in Asia and Africa across Disciplinary and National Lines (Tokyo: Tokyo University of Foreign Studies Press, 2015).

"Japan, U.S. Face Legacies of Forced Sterilization," Global Journalist (25 Oct. 2018), National Public Radio,

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