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David Uva, PhD ― Assistant Professor

David Uva has been residing in Japan for more than twenty years, and prior to joining Doshisha University worked as a researcher and lecturer at Osaka University, teaching courses on Japanese history and society.

He grew up in Leuven, Belgium, completing a B.A. in Tourism and Leisure Management at Erasmus University College, and a B.A/M.A. in Japanology at Catholic University of Leuven, later studying for six years at Osaka University of Foreign Studies, obtaining an M.A. and PhD in Japanese Studies.

His research has focused primarily on topics such as the “early Japanology” of the Transactions of the Asiatic Society of Japan during the Meiji period, the research department of the South Manchuria Railway Company, and Gotō Shinpei’s colonial management techniques in Taiwan and Manchuria. In recent years, his research interests shifted to history education with a focus on the role of procedural knowledge in the Japanese history learning experience.

At the ILA, David Uva teaches courses on historiography, Japanese history, imperialism, and nationalism.