Carol Gluck with Ambassador Motoatsu Sakurai, consul general of Japan in New York, at the Oct. 4 conferment ceremony.
Photo credit: Madge Huntington
Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History, a professor of East Asian languages and culture, and an inaugural member of President Lee C. Bollinger’s Committee on Global Thought, has received Japan’s highest civilian honor, the Order of the Rising Sun.
On Wednesday Oct. 4, at a ceremony held at the Japanese consulate in New York City, Gluck was honored with the grade of Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for her contributions to the development of Japanese studies and her promotion of cultural and scholarly exchange between Japan and the United States.
Gluck’s scholarship focuses on modern and contemporary Japan, including modern intellectual history, international relations, postwar Japanese history, historiography, and public memory in Japan and the West.
Along with her academic work, she has actively sought out opportunities to promote knowledge and understanding of Japan in the United States and elsewhere, for instance by serving as president of the Association of Asian Studies and as a member of the Japan-US Friendship Commission. Currently, she directs the expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) program within the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, which develops innovative undergraduate-level courses and teaching materials that strive to incorporate the study of East Asia in broad thematic, transnational and interdisciplinary contexts.