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Constantine Vaporis

VaporisPublicityPhotoConstantine N. Vaporis, Professor and Director of Asian Studies (Ph.D. Princeton University)

Professor Vaporis teaches Japanese and East Asian History. He has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar’s Award and an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers. He is the author of Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan; Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan; Nihonjin to sankin kôtai [The Japanese and Alternate Attendance]; and Voices of Early Modern Japan. Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns. Dr. Vaporis also holds an affiliate appointment in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and is the Director of the Asian Studies Program.  He was awarded the 2013-2016 UMBC Presidential Research Professorship and was recently selected for the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau for a two-year period, 2016-18. More information about his newest book, Voices of Early Modern Japan, may be found at He is currently at work on two major projects, a contracted book tentatively entitled Encyclopedia of the Samurai and a collection of biographies of samurai, Sword and Brush. Portraits of Samurai Life during the Tokugawa Period.

For a recent interview with Prof. Vaporis, click VaporisInterviewWinter2013EA

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