Department of History

Aaron Stark

Ph.D. Candidate
Research Interests Modern Japan, modern Korea, empire and colonialism, environmental history, history of science, mobility studies


"​​I am receiving training in the modern histories of Japan, its empire, and the environment. My current research examines the “nature” of imperialism through the lens of Japan’s national-imperial park system. I am interested in, first, how the accompanying identification, conservation, and monumentalization of selected park spaces arose out of a new scientific body of knowledge that made legible the various peoples and environments encountered through state and capital expansion, and, second, how that knowledge imbued both national and colonial landscapes with a new moral and cultural significance that operated in the service of legitimizing the nation-empire and its accompanying narratives of a “natural” order."