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Gordon Mark Berger

Professor Emeritus of History

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-1657
Office: SOS 153



Ph.D. History, Yale University, 1/1972
M.A. East Asian Studies, Yale University, 1/1966
B.A. , Wesleyan University, 1/1964

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Berger's original research focused on 20th century Japanese political and institutional history. More recently, as a trained psychoanalyst, he has examined 19th century Japanese approaches to the management of male anxiety. Additionally, he is a leading expert on the history of sumo wrestling and its social significance. He also served for 15 years as director of the East Asian Studies Center, where he focused his efforts on developing a Korean Studies program and an endowment for the Korean Heritage Library collection at USC.

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

East Asian Studies Center, Director,
Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Training and Supervising Analyst)
New Center for Psychoanalysis

Honors and Awards

Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon (Government of Japan Decoration), 2009  
USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, 2000  
USC College General Education Teaching Award , 1997  
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