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Chad R. Diehl received his Ph.D. in East Asian history with a focus on modern Japan from Columbia University, and his B.A. in History from Montana State University. He teaches a variety of courses on East Asia, including historical surveys of China and Japan and thematic courses on topics related to war, memory, modernity, and film.
Diehl’s research explores the human experience of war and its aftermath, especially that of non-military actors. His focus thus far has been the responses to the Second World War in postwar Japan, particularly as they manifested through urban reconstruction and socio-cultural discourse. His first book, Resurrecting Nagasaki: Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018), looks at the ways in which the various groups who contributed to the reconstruction of Nagasaki city after the atomic bombing of 1945 helped create an urban identity in which the atomic experience was but one piece of a longer story, shaping the way the city has been viewed in comparison to its atomic counterpart, Hiroshima.
Diehl is currently writing an article about war films in postwar Japan, titled, "Melodies of Memory: Framing Japanese War Narratives in 1950s Film." He is also working on a new book, tentatively titled, Embodying Empire: Tattooing, Judo, and the Corporeal Experiences of Japanese Subjects, 1799-1948, which will look at how Japan’s empire-building affected the physical bodies of the people in its colonial territories.
Diehl is the director of the Asian Studies Minor Program at Loyola.
“Lambs of God, Ravens of Death, Rafts of Corpses: Three Visions of Trauma in Nagasaki Survivor Poetry.” Japanese Studies 37:1 (2017): 117-138.
"Envisioning Nagasaki: From 'Atomic Wasteland' to 'International Cultural City,' 1945-1950," Urban History 41, no. 3 (August 2014): 497-516,
- HS 105D The Making of the Modern World: East Asia
- HS 374D East Asia on Film: Postwar Japan through Its Golden Age of Film
- HS 376D Memories of Nagasaki and Hiroshima
- HS 377D History of Modern China
- HS 378D History of Modern Japan
- HS 400 History Methods
- HS 444 War and Revolution in East Asia, 1937-1954
- HS 482D Asian Studies Seminar
- HS 483 Soseki and Mishima: Mirrors of Modern Japan
"The Man Who Survived Both Atomic Bombs," by Matthew Hernon, Tokyo Weekender, 7 August 2018. Tokyo weekender.
Areas of Specialization
- Modern East Asian History
- Modern and Early Modern Japan
- Cultural Memory Studies