George Sansom Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Language and Cultures, Department of History and Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Chair, Weatherhead East Asian Institute Publications Program
Modern Japan (nineteenth century to the present); twentieth-century international history; World War II; history-writing and public memory in Asia and the world
At Columbia she has taught undergraduates, graduate students, and students in the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) for almost forty years. She has contributed to innovations in undergraduate education at Columbia and around the country, including a four-year $2-million project on Expanding East Asian Studies (www.exeas.org). Her PhD students in history now teach in universities across the United States, Asia, and Europe.
A prize-winning historian, her most recent book is Words in Motion: Toward a Global Lexicon, coedited with Anna Tsing (Duke University Press, 2009). Thinking with the Past: Modern Japan and History, will be published by the University of California Press in 2015, and Past Obsessions: World War II in History and Memory is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. Among her recent articles is "The End of Elsewhere : Writing Modernity Now," American Historical Review (June 2011). She lectured this past year in Leiden, Heidelberg, Aarhus, Berlin, and colleges and universities across the United States. She completed a three-year term as Distinguished Lecturer of the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies and moderated several seminars for the Aspen Institute in Colorado and Berlin.
At Columbia she is a member of the Committee on Global Thought, and directs the WEAI publications program, working with Ross Yelsey and others to produce the Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Weatherhead Books on Asia, and Asia Perspectives. She serves as elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, on the Board of Directors of Japan Society, the board of the Weatherhead Foundation, and numerous editorial boards and national and international committees.
Professor Gluck received her BA from Wellesley in 1962 and her PhD from Columbia in 1977. She joined the Columbia faculty in 1975.