Nadine Willems
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Personal profile

Key Research Interests


Nadine's PhD research focused on early twentieth century anarchism in a transnational perspective and the history of social movements in rural Japan.

Other research interests include proletarian literature, the history of ethnography and the development of human geography during Japan’s rapid modernization era, with a particular focus on Japan’s encounter with French radical geography.  She published in 2017 a book of annotated translations of 1930s anarchist poetry from Japan’s rural north. 

Her current project examines the military experience of rank-and-file soldiers during Japan's Siberian Intervention of 1918-1922 through pictorial and written diaries. 

Academic Background

Nadine Willems is an intellectual and cultural historian of Japan.  She joined UEA in 2016 after completing postgraduate studies in Oxford.  She teaches modules on the modern history of Japan for the School of History.  Prior to returning to academia in 2008 she was based in Tokyo where she worked for several years in business and as a foreign correspondent and journalist.