Professor Carol Gluck, Awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.
May 1, 2006 – Columbia University's Weatherhead East Asian Institute announces with great pleasure that Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor of History and member of the WEAI faculty, has been awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Japanese government. The award honors her contributions to the development of Japanese studies, and her promotion of cultural and scholarly exchange between Japan and the United States.
Professor 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. In this regard, she has served as President of the Association of Asian Studies and as a member of the Japan-US Friendship Commission. She presently sits on Columbia's Committee on Global Thought. She is also the Faculty Director of the WEAI's Expanding East Asian Studies (ExEAS) program, which develops innovative undergraduate-level courses and teaching materials that incorporate the study of East Asia in broad thematic, transnational, and interdisciplinary contexts.
Professor Gluck has taught at Columbia since she received her Ph.D. there in 1977. Her books include Japan's Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period (Princeton, 1985), for which she won Columbia's Lionel Trilling Award; Showa: The Japan of Hirohito (co-edited with Stephen Graubard, W.W. Norton, 1992); Asia in Western and World History (co-edited with Ainslie Embree, M.E. Sharpe, 1997); Toward Autonomy in US-Japan Relations [in Japanese] (with Wada Haruki and Kang Sangjung, Fujiwara Shoten, 2003); Past Obsessions: War and Memory in the Twentieth Century (Columbia, in press); Rekishi o kangaeru [Thinking with the Past] (Iwanami, 2005); and Sources of Japanese Tradition, Vol.2, rev. ed.(co-edited with W.T. de Bary and Arthur Tiedemann, Columbia, 2005). She is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences. She is recipient of the Fulbright 50th Anniversary Distinguished Scholar Award, the John King Fairbank Prize of the American Historical Association, and the Mark van Doren Award, which honors great teachers at Columbia University; and the Alumnae Achievement Award, Wellesley College.
The Order of the Rising Sun was established by the Emperor Meiji in 1875, and it constitutes the second-highest honor given by the Japanese government. It may be awarded for civil or military merit. Non-Japanese were first awarded The Order of the Rising Sun in 1981, and women became eligible for the award in 2003 (previously, women were awarded The Order of the Precious Crown).
Professor Gluck is the latest in a long and distinguished line of Columbia professors, many of them affiliated with WEAI, to receive The Order of the Rising Sun or The Order of the Precious Crown: Harry Grundfest (1982), James William Morley (1984), Herbert Passin (1984), Ichiro Shiroto (1984), Donald Keene (1993), William Theodore de Bary (1993), Robert Keiji Emy (1994), Hugh Talbot Patrick (1994), Miwa Kai (1995), Barbara Ruch (1999), Michael Ira Sovern (2003), Gerald L. Curtis (2004). The WEAI extends its congratulations to Prof. Gluck upon receiving this prestigious recognition.