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Lawson, Konrad

Lecturer in Modern History

University of St. Andrews, School of History, United Kingdom


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2012/2013

Ph.D. Institution

Harvard University, United States


I will be receiving my Ph.D. from the History Department at Harvard University in Fall 2012.
My doctoral research focuses on the study of the politics of treason and retribution against collaborators with Japan in the 1940s. More specifically, my dissertation explores the relationship between treason and atrocities in the aftermath of Japanese defeat in India, Burma, and the Philippines.
I will be continuing my research in this area, incorporating findings from several years of field research in China, Taiwan, and Korea, but I very much look forward to expanding my understanding of early post-World War II retribution in Europe.
While at Harvard I have served as head Teaching Fellow for courses on Political Trials and Political Justice, World War II, and modern Japanese history.
I am also active in a number of online historical initiatives. I am founder of a collaborative academic weblogs at Frog in a Well ( ), help maintain  Sino-Japanese Studies  ( ), am a regular contributor to the ProfHacker column at the Chronicle of Higher Education ( ), and from 2011-2012 served as project manager for the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters project at Harvard's Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies ( ).
My primary interests are in the political and social issues that are faced in the aftermaths of modern war, and especially in the aftermath of the Second World War. I am especially interested in issues of transitional justice, decolonization, and the new cultural political imaginaries of post-conflict environments. More info at .
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