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Michael S. Laver

Assistant Professor of History
College of Liberal Arts
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
ph: 585-455-1918
email: mslgsh@rit.edu

Michael Laver


Education:

University of Pennsylvania

May 2006
PhD, East Asian Languages and Civilizations
  • Dissertation Title: "A Strange Isolation: The Japanese, The Dutch, and the Asian Economy in the Seventeenth Century."
  • Comprehensive Exams: Pre-modern Japanese History, Modern Japanese history, Korean History.

December 2005
-2010MA, East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Purdue University, West Lafayette

May 1996
BA in History and Psychology
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society


Employment:

Rochester Institute of Technology

Summer 2008-Present
Assistant Professor of Asian History
  • "Foundations of East Asian Civilization"
  • "Special Topics in European History: East-West Encounters"
  • "History of modern Japan"

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Fall 2006-Summer 2008
Assistant Professor of Asian History
  • "World History since 1500"
  • "East Asian History to 1800"
  • "East Asian History since 1800"
  • "East-West Encounters"
  • "History of Japan"
  • "United States History to 1877" (Winterim)


Awards and Grants:

Summer 2007

Recruitment and Retention Grant, UW-Stevens Point
  • Research at Leiden University and the Dutch National Archives
2006-07

Japan Foundation Library Development Grant (with Kathy Davis)
2004-05

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship
2003-04

Visiting Researcher: Leiden University, The Netherlands
  • Professor Willem Boot, advisor
2004-05


Publications:

Books
Laver, Michael, Japanís Economy by Proxy in the Seventeenth Century: China, The Netherlands, and the Bakufu
(New York: Cambria Press, March 2008).

Laver, Michael, Closed Country: Foreign Relations in the early Tokugawa Period and the Politics of "Isolation"
(New York: Cambria Press, March 2008).

Articles
"Beautiful Island: Dutch Taiwan as a strategic Link between Japan and Asia in the Seventeenth Century," Japanís Economy by Proxy in the Seventeenth Century: China, The Netherlands, and the Bakufu
(New York: Cambria Press, March 2008).

Reviews
The Traveler's World: Europe to the Pacific by Harry Liebersohn.
Review for The Canadian Journal of History 42:3 (Winter, 2007).

Visible Cities: Canton, Nagasaki, and Batavia and the coming of the Americans.
Review for Itinerario (Winter, 2008).

The China Question: Great Power Rivalry and the British isolation, 1894-1905.
Review for The Canadian Journal of History (forthcoming).

Swords, Oaths, and Prophetic Visions: Authoring Warrior Rule in Medieval Japan.
Review for Journal of Asian Studies (forthcoming).



Academic Presentations:

Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs(October 2008):
"Beautiful Island: Dutch Taiwan as a Strategic Link between Japan and Asia in the Seventeenth Century."

Wisconsin Womenís Studies Conference (April 2007):
"Seikoku: The Expulsion of Japanese Women and their "Mixed Blood Children" in the Seventeenth Century."

Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (October, 2007):
"The Shogun's Menagerie: The VOC and Gift-giving in Early Modern Japan."

UWSP Humanities Forum (November, 2006);
"Beautiful Island: Dutch Taiwan as a Strategic Link between Japan and Asia in the 17th Century."