University of Southern California

Graduate Students

Nadia Kanagawa

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Biographical Sketch

Born in San Diego, and raised in St. Louis, I graduated from Yale with a BA in History. I then received a Richard U. Light Fellowship and moved to Yokohama, Japan to study at the Inter University Center Japanese language institute for 10 months. After completing the IUC program, I moved to Tokyo and worked at Google in Japan for three years before returning to the US and to academia this fall. My personal research interests include early state formation in Japan, immigration from the Korean peninsula to Japan in the 6th and 7th centuries and archaelogy.


  • BA Yale University, 05/2006
  • BA History, Yale University, 05/2006


Research Specialties

  • Immigration and state formation in pre-modern Japan and East Asia.

Guest Lectures in Courses

  • History 107g: Japanese History Gave a lecture which covered the Heian period in Japanese history, with special attention to preparing students for reading an abridged version of the "Tale of Genji.", Spring 2012