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Bill Tsutsui

William Tsutsui

Bill Tsutsui


Professor of History Fausett Hall (501) 450-1351 (501) 450-3821


William M. (Bill) Tsutsui is president and professor of history at Hendrix College, a top-tier national liberal arts college founded in 1876 and located in Conway, Arkansas. He previously served as dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University from 2010 to 2014. He holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton universities. Prior to joining SMU, Tsutsui spent seventeen years at the University of Kansas, where he served as acting director of KU's Center for East Asian Studies, chair of the Department of History, founding executive director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, and associate dean for International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

 An award-winning classroom teacher, Tsutsui is the author or editor of eight books, including Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan , Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters , and Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization , as well as numerous articles on modern Japanese history. He has received Fulbright, ACLS, and Marshall fellowships, and was awarded the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2000, the William Rockhill Nelson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2005, and the inaugural Bridges to Friendship Award from the Japan America Society of Greater Austin in 2015. His teaching and research focus on the business, environmental, and cultural history of twentieth-century Japan.

Academic Background

  • A.B., Harvard University, 1985
  • M.Litt., University of Oxford, 1988
  • M.A., Princeton University, 1990
  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 1995

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