Office of the President

President Tsutsui's Curriculum Vitae

Office of the President
Hendrix College
1600 Washington Ave
Conway, AR 72032


1988-1995: Princeton University
Ph.D. in History, May 1995. M.A. in History, May 1990.

1991-1992: Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo
Visiting Research Student, Faculty of Economics

1985-1988: Oxford University, Corpus Christi College
Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Modern Japanese History

1981-1985: Harvard University
A.B. summa cum laude in East Asian Studies

Academic Appointments

2014-present: Professor, Department of History, Hendrix College

2010-present: Fellow, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, Southern Methodist University

2010-2014: Professor, Clements Department of History, Southern Methodist University

1993-2010: Assistant Professor to Professor, Department of History, University of Kansas

Administrative Appointments

Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas

2014-present: President

Primary duties: Serve as chief executive officer of a national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1450, over 100 faculty, 300 staff, and more than 13,000 alumni/ae. Hendrix has an endowment in excess of $180 million and an annual budget of over $40 million.

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

2010-2014: Dean, Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences

Primary duties: Provide leadership to the largest of the seven schools at Southern Methodist University, encompassing 16 departments, 7 institutes and centers, over 275 full-time faculty, 99 majors and minors, and 19 master’s and 13 doctoral programs. Dedman College has an endowment of $165 million, an annual budget of almost $50 million, and annual sponsored research expenditures in excess of $10 million.

Major accomplishments:

  • Led the development and implementation of the College’s first strategic plan, Putting Ideas to Work (
  • Spearheaded College efforts in the $750-million SMU Second Century Campaign, running from 2008 to 2015. $59 million was raised as of June 1, 2014 for Dedman College, with approximately $27 million of that total from 2010 to 2014.
  • Established the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (with a $5 million gift from the Dedman Family Foundation) and the Center for Drug Discovery, Design, and Delivery. Revitalized the Richard B. Johnson Center for Economic Studies.
  • Created new majors in Human Rights, Health & Society, and Economics with Management Information Applications (BS), minors in Arabic, Public Policy (Tower Scholars), and Law & Legal Reasoning, and a certificate in SAS (statistical analysis software). Created new revenue-generating master’s degrees in Applied Statistics & Data Analytics and Applied Economics & Predictive Analytics. Established a new Joint Ph.D. in Biostatistics with University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.
  • Advocated for the liberal arts and sciences on campus, locally, and nationally.

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

2008-2010: Associate Dean for International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Primary duties: Administered twelve interdisciplinary departments, programs, and centers, including several of the University’s newest and fastest-growing units. Coordinated the planning, staffing, and budgeting for the College's study abroad offerings (more than 25 programs in 2008-2009) and summer session courses (18,000 credit hours in 2009), and served as the College liaison in the University's active partnerships with the U.S. Army and Fort Leavenworth.

Major accomplishments:

  • Led the planning and establishment of the Center for Global and International Studies, a new institutional home for previously dispersed undergraduate and graduate programs in international studies and an incubator for new curricular initiatives and grant-funded projects in global affairs.
  • Coordinated efforts to win $8 million in federal funding for KU’s five area studies centers. Previously, only three of the centers had been supported by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Launched a new major in Global and International Studies, a concentration in Islamic and Arabic Studies, and new M.A. degrees in African & African-American Studies and Interagency Studies.

2007-2008: Chair, Department of History

Primary duties: Led a department with over 100 M.A. and Ph.D. students and more than 550 majors, ranked in the top 30 nationally among public universities. Administered 35 faculty, 25 graduate teaching assistants and lecturers, six staff members, and a budget of almost $3 million.

2006-2008: Founding Executive Director, Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas

Primary duties: Led the team to create the Institute, a high-profile partnership with the Chinese Ministry of Education to promote Chinese language and culture, which opened (as the fifth Confucius Institute in the United States) in suburban Kansas City in May 2006. Oversaw the creation of the Institute from the ground up: designing governance structures, establishing a strategic plan and initiating programming, hiring staff and developing an identity, negotiating with Chinese partners, and building relationships with the businesses, schools, government offices, and communities that were key external constituencies and with the faculty, departments, and administrative offices that were key internal stakeholders.

Major accomplishments:

  • Forged strategic partnerships with the Kansas State Department of Education (to support teacher training) and with corporate partners, including the engineering giant Black & Veatch (to create innovative on-site professional development programs).
  • Secured ongoing external funding from the National Office of the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), STARTALK/National Foreign Language Center/NSA, and the Kansas Humanities Council to sustain and grow Institute programs.

2000-2010: Director, Kansas Consortium for Teaching About Asia, Center for East Asian Studies

Primary duties: Established and administered a regional site of the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia which provided in-service training in East Asian history and culture to K-12 educators in Kansas, Western Missouri, and the Dakotas.

Major accomplishments:

  • Provided intensive 30-hour seminars in East Asian history and culture for over 300 teachers in Kansas and the Great Plains.
  • Won grant funding of almost $1.5 million from the Freeman Foundation and the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia to support programming.

2002-2010: Director, Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative Programs, Center for East Asian Studies

Primary duties: Conceived and implemented a series of programs designed to enhance curricular and outreach opportunities related to East Asia, supported by $2.4 million in grants from the Freeman Foundation.

Major accomplishments:

  • Created the Kansas Asia Scholars, an innovative undergraduate study abroad program that took hundreds of KU students to China, Japan, and Korea on intensive study tours and engaged them with service learning projects on their return to the United States.
  • Established a rural and agricultural outreach project, the Kansas Asia Community Connection.

2000-2001, 2004: Acting Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Kansas

Primary duties: Administered all aspects of a Title VI National Resource Center funded by the U.S. Department of Education, ranked in the top 10 of East Asian studies programs in public universities.

Major accomplishments:

  • Expanded the Center’s funding base by winning Japan Foundation funding for a faculty position in Japanese religious studies and Center for Global Partnership and Toshiba Foundation grants for outreach events.

Awards and Fellowships (selected)

  • Japanese American Leadership Delegation, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (2011).
  • William Rockhill Nelson Award for Non-Fiction (for best book by a Kansas or Missouri author published in 2004), The Writers Place and The Kansas City Star (2005).
  • Kauffman Entrepreneurial Faculty Scholar (2004-2005).
  • W.T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence (highest university teaching award), University of Kansas (2001).
  • Steeples Service to Kansans Award, University of Kansas (2001).
  • ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship (2001-2002).
  • John Whitney Hall Prize (for best book on Japan or Korea published in 1998), Association for Asian Studies (2000).
  • Newcomen Society Award for Excellence in Business History Research and Writing (for best essay in 1997 volume of Business and Economic History), Business History Conference (1998).
  • Fulbright-IIE Graduate Research Fellowship (1991-1992).
  • Marshall Scholarship (1985-1987).
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1985).



  • Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization. Ann Arbor: Key Issues in Asian Studies Series, Association for Asian Studies, 2010.
  • Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. (Awarded William Rockhill Nelson Award for Non-Fiction, 2005). Japanese translation: Gojira to Amerika no hanseiki. Kamiyama Kyōko, trans. Tokyo: Chūō Kōron Shinsha, 2005
  • Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. Paperback edition, 2001. E-book edition, 2001.
  • Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform During the Occupation. London and New York: Routledge, 1988. Re-issue in hardcover and e-book formats, Routledge Library Editions: Japan, Volume 19, 2010.

Edited Collections

  • William Tsutsui and Michael Baskett, eds., The East Asian Olympiads, 1934-2008: Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China. Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental/Brill, 2011.
  • A Companion to Japanese History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2007. (A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2007). E-book edition, 2007. Paperback edition, 2009.
  • William Tsutsui and Michiko Ito, eds., In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
  • Banking in Japan. 3 volumes. London and New York: Routledge, 1999.

Articles and Essays (selected)

  • “The Pelagic Empire: Reconsidering Japanese Expansion” in Brett Walker, Julia Thomas, and Ian Miller, eds., Japan at Nature's Edge (Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2013), pp.21-38.
  • “Oh No, There Goes Tokyo: Recreational Apocalypse and the City in Postwar Japanese Popular Culture” in Gyan Prakash, ed., Noir Urbanisms: Dystopic Images of the Modern City (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010), pp.104-126.
  • “Looking Straight at Them! Understanding the Big Bug Movies of the 1950s,” Environmental History 12:2 (April 2007), pp.237-253.
  • “Where the Grass is Always Greener,” Environmental History 10:1 (January 2005), pp.101-102.
  • “Landscapes in the Dark Valley: Toward an Environmental History of Wartime Japan,” Environmental History 8:2 (April 2003), pp.294-311.
  • “W. Edwards Deming and the Origins of Quality Control in Japan,” Journal of Japanese Studies 22:2 (Summer 1996), pp.295-325.

Institutional Grants (selected)

  • Japan-United States Friendship Commission. Funds to support academic grants program of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies ($330,000), 2011-2014.
  • Korea Foundation. Funds to support academic grants program of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies ($156,832), 2011-2014.
  • STARTALK, National Foreign Language Center and National Security Agency. For support of Confucius Institute Chinese Summer Language Institutes ($89,393), 2008.
  • Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative. Undergraduate enrichment  programs, outreach initiatives, faculty development and expansion ($2,400,000), 2002-2010.
  • National Consortium for Teaching about Asia/Freeman Foundation. K-12 teacher institutes on East Asian history and culture, outreach activities ($1,232,000), 2001-2010.
  • Teaching American History grant, U.S. Department of Education, “Connecting Learning and Instruction in Olathe.” Co-project director ($661,650), 2006-2009.

Presentations (selected)

Over 90 invited lectures presented at institutions including University of Turku (Finland); Yonsei University; USC; Calvin College; University of Colorado; University of Kentucky; Brigham Young University; Indiana University; UCLA; Middlebury College; Columbia University; Harvard University; University of Michigan; Vanderbilt University; University at Buffalo; Kansas State University; University of Chicago; Kalamazoo College; University of Alaska-Anchorage; Wharton School of Business; University of Pennsylvania; Rice University; Michigan Technological University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Duke University; Brown University; Princeton University; Oxford University.

Other Professional Activities (selected)

  • National Advisory Committee, Japan-America Student Conference (2000-present).
  • Program Development Committee, US-Japan Council (2014-present).
  • Diversity Committee, American Society for Environmental History (chair, 2007-2011).
  • Series Co-Editor, New Studies in Modern Japan, Lexington Books (2007-present).
  • Blue Ribbon Commission on Education, Dallas Independent School District (2012-2013).
  • Board of Directors, World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth (2010-2014).
  • Marshall Scholarships Midwest Selection Committee (2008-2010).
  • Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies (elected, 2008-2011; chair, 2010-2011).
  • Board of Directors, Association for Asian Studies (2010-2011).
  • Editorial Board, Association for Asian Studies (chair, 2011-2016) and Editor, Asia Past and Present book series.
  • Editorial Advisory Board: Japan Studies Association Journal (2010-present), Environmental History (2013-present).
  • Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka (President, 2003-2004; Board of Directors, 1996-2010).
  • Kansas Humanities Council, Topeka (Board of Directors, 2000-2006; Program Committee Chair, 2002-2006).