University of Washington

Kenneth B. Pyle

Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies 
Professor and Chair, Japan Studies Program

University of Washington

229 Thomson
Box 353650
Seattle, Washington 98195
Tel: 543-7717


University of Washington:

    • Director, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies 1978-88
    • Professor of History and East Asian Studies 1975- present
    • Chairman of Japanese and Korean Studies 1972-78, 1991-95
    • Acting Director, Institute for Comparative and Foreign Area Studies 1975
    • Associate Professor of History 1969-75
    • Assistant Professor of History 1965-69


Other Universities

  • Visiting Associate Professor of History, Yale University 1969-70
  • Visiting Lecturer in History, Stanford University 1964-65


  • SISEA 423/HSTAS 423 History of Modern Japan
  • SISEA 490F Special Topics: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • SISEA 440/HSTAS 424 The Emergence of Postwar Japan


  • Graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1954;
  • A.B. 1958, (magna cum laude) History, Harvard College;
  • Ph. D. 1965, Japanese History, Johns Hopkins University;
  • Special work in Japanese studies: Stanford University 1960-61;
  • Stanford Center for Japanese Studies in Tokyo 1961-64 (presently Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies).


Modern Japanese history


    • Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (PublicAffairs Books, 2007);
    • "Reading the New Era in Asia: The Use of History and Culture in the Making of Foreign Policy," (Asia Policy, Vol. 1, No. 3, January 2007); "Nationalism in East Asia," (Asia Policy, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2007);
    • "Profound Forces in the Making of Modern Japan," (Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 2006); 
    • "Henry Jackson and the Jackson School of International Studies: A Personal Reflection," ( Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Winter 2005/2006);
    • "Japan's Historic Change of Course," (Current History, Vol. 105, No. 692, September 2006);
    • "Abe Shinzo and Japan's Change of Course," (NBR Analysis, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2006);
    • Book review: Laura Hein, Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture in Twentieth Century Japan (University of California Press) in Journal of Japanese Studies (Summer 2006);
    • "Regionalism in Asia: Past and Future," (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Volume 16, Number 1, 2003);
    • "Japan" (co-authored with Eric Heginbotham) in Strategic Asia: Power and Purpose, 2001-2002, Richard Ellings and Aaron Friedberg, eds. (National Bureau of Asian Research, 2001);
    • "Japan and the Engagement of China: Challenges for U.S. Policy Coordination,", co-authored with Michael Armacost (NBR Analysis, Vol. 12, no. 5, 2001);
    • "Japan and the Unification of Korea,", coauthored with Michael Armacost, in Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard Ellings, eds. Korea's Future and the Great Powers (University of Washington Press, 2001);
    • "Japan and the Unification of Korea: Challenges for U.S. Policy Coordination," co-authored with Michael H. Armacost (NBR Analysis, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 1999);
    • "North Korea in U.S.-Japan Relations," (Occasional Papers of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Spring, 1999);
    • "Prospects for U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Northeast Asia," (Asia Perspectives, Vol. 2, No. 1, August 1999);
    • "Japan: Opportunism in the Pursuit of Power," in A Century's Journey: How the Major Powers Shaped the World, edited by Robert Pastor (New York: Basic Books, 1999);
    • "Restructuring Foreign and Defence Policy: Japan," in Asia-Pacific in the New World Order, edited by Anthony McGrew and Christopher Brook (Routledge, 1998);
    • "Meiji Conservatism," in Modern Japanese Thought, edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi (Cambridge University Press, 1998);
    • "The Technology of Japanese Nationalism" and "Advantages of Followership" in Peter Kornicki, ed. Meiji Japan: Political, Economic, and Social History, 1868-1912 (Routledge, Vol. 4, 1998);
    • "Japan's Immobilism," (NBR Analysis, Vol. 9, No. 4, September, 1998) ;
    • Thai edition of The Japanese Question (1997);
    • From APEC to Xanadu: Creating a Viable Community in the Post-Cold War Pacific, co-edited with D. C. Hellmann (M. E. Sharpe, 1997);
    • "The World Historical Significance of Japan," in A Vision of a New Liberalism? Critical Essays on Murakami's Anticlassical Analysis, edited by Kozo Yamamura (Stanford University Press, 1997);
    • Old Orders and the Future of Japan and the United States in Asia" (Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial Lecture), International House of Japan Bulletin (Summer, 1997);
    • The Japanese Question: Power and Purpose in a New Era (AEI Press, Second edition, 1996);
    • The Making of Modern Japan, new (substantially enlarged) edition (Houghton Mifflin, 1996);
    • "Uncertain Future: Revitalizing the U.S.-Japan Alliance," (Harvard International Review, XVIII, No. 2, Spring 1996);
    • Japan's Emerging Strategy in Asia," in Southeast Asian Security in the New Millennium, Richard J. Ellings and Sheldon Simon, eds. (M. E. Sharpe, 1996);
    • Book Review: David Williams, Japan: Beyond the End of History in the Journal of Japanese Studies, Summer 1996;
    • Nihon e no gimon (Simul Press. Japanese translation of The Japanese Question, 1995);
    • "The Context of APEC: U.S.-Japan Relations." (NBR Analysis, VI, 8, November 1995);
    • Review: Ian Nish, Japan's Struggle with Internationalism, China, Japan and the League of Nations, 1931-32 in the Journal of Japanese Studies (Summer, 1995).


  • Winner of the 2008 Japan Foundation Prize in Japanese Studies
  • Establishment of Kenneth B. and Anne H. H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies, National Bureau of Asian Research, 2006;
  • Establishment of Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professorship in American Foreign Policy, University of Washington, 2006;
  • Mansfield Freeman Memorial Lecture, Wesleyan University, 2002;
  • The Henry M. Jackson Award for Distinguished Public Service, 2000;
  • Japanese Imperial Decoration: Third Order of the Rising Sun, 1999;
  • Century Foundation/Twentieth Century Fund, Book Contract,1998-99;
  • Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial Lecturer, Tokyo, 1997;
  • Yoshida Shigeru Memorial Foundation Prize, 1991;
  • SSRC-ACLS Fellowships, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1977, 1983-84;
  • Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Fellowship, 1970-71;
  • National Defense Foreign Language Fellowships, 1960-61, 1963-64 ;
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship 1961-64;
  • Walter Hines Page Fellowship in International Relations, Johns Hopkins, 1958-60;
  • Ferguson History Prize (runner-up), Harvard College, 1956;
  • Marshal S. Keats Prize in History, Phillips Academy, 1954.