Professor Michael Wert, Our Alumnus, Delivered a Talk

Professor Wert

Professor Wert, a graduate of GW (B.A. East Asian Studies, 1997), delivered a talk on March 23rd, 2018, as part of Kim-Renaud East Asian Humanities Lecture series. Professor Wert is an associate professor of East Asian history at Marquette University, with a focus on early modern and modern Japan.His first book Meiji Restoration Losers: Memory and Tokugawa Supporters in Modern Japan engages memory theory by asking how memory can help answer broader historical questions. Specifically, it traces the “memory landscapes” of the Meiji Restoration from 1868 to the present through the lens of those on the losing side. His second project continues to center around the Meiji Restoration, using theoretical tools to investigate the role of martial fantasy, culture, and violence in the early modern period. Professor Wert studied Japanese in our department while an undergraduate student.