Department of History and the College
Yuting Dong is a historian of modern Japan and East Asia, who is interested in questions around colonialism, the history of labor and expertise, and environmental history. She is currently finishing a manuscript on Japan’s infrastructure empire, which explores how Japanese colonial officials obtained knowledge and honed their technological skills by interacting with local intermediaries and laborers. It also explores how they appropriated this knowledge to establish their imperial dominance in what was historically referred to as Manchuria. By reading infrastructure as archives, this manuscript sheds light on interactions that were often hidden in colonial archives.
Dong’s research has been published in Modern Asian Studies, Technology and Culture, International Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Military History, and Princeton Journal of East Asian Studies.
She earned a BA from the School of International Liberal Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo, and received an AM in regional studies: East Asia and a PhD in history and East Asian languages from Harvard University.