Gordon Berger

Professor Emeritus of History

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

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


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

    • 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