Gordon Berger

Professor Emeritus of History

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



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

  • 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, http://dornsife.usc.edu/eascenter
    • 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  

  • Department of History
  • 3502 Trousdale Parkway
  • Social Sciences Building (SOS) 153
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 90089-0034