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MSU’s Wake Named Dibner Research Fellow

Naoko Wake

Michigan State University associate professor Naoko Wake has been selected as a Dibner Research Fellow in the History of Science and Technology in 2018-19. She will spend fall 2018 in-residence at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. Through a rigorous peer-review program, the institution awards approximately 200 fellowships to scholars in the fields of history, literature, art, and the history of science.

Wake joined the faculty of Lyman Briggs College in 2005 after completing her graduate degrees at Kyoto University, Japan (MA) and Indiana University, Bloomington (Ph.D.). She has written on the history of the medical and social sciences in the first half of the twentieth century with a focus on interdisciplinary scientific approaches to sexual diversity.

Her current work is a historical inquiry into Japanese-American and Korean-American memories of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. By focusing on this particular group of survivors residing in the United States, and by comparing their experiences to those of Japanese and Korean survivors from 1945 to present, she illuminates a history of the Bomb that complicates the better-known story of colonial and post-colonial rivalries and brings to light women’s and patients’ activism in trans-Pacific contexts.

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