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Naoko Shibusawa

Naoko Shibusawa is Associate Professor of History and American Studies at Brown University. She received a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley and her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Northwestern University. She taught at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for four years before moving to Brown in 2004. Her first book, America's Geisha Ally: Re-Imagining the Japanese Enemy (Harvard 2006, pbk 2010, Chinese trans, 2012), examines how Americans were able to accept the Japanese as valuable Cold War allies so quickly after a brutal and racialized war. Her current book project explores the orientalism in Cold War homophobia and seeks to understand why sexual practices became important for surveillance during the advent of the national security state. She has also written on Cold War ideology and Euromodernity.