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Constantine Vaporis

VaporisPublicityPhotoConstantine N. Vaporis, Professor (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]; Voices of Early Modern JapanContemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns (Second edition in press); and Samurai. An Encyclopedia of Japan’s Cultured Warriors (2019). Dr. Vaporis also holds an affiliate appointment in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and is the Founding Director of the Asian Studies Program. He was awarded the 2013-2016 UMBC Presidential Research Professorship, was selected for the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau for two two-year periods, 2016-20, and won a residential fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton for 2020-21 to continue work on a collection of biographies of samurai, Sword and Brush. Portraits of Samurai Life during the Tokugawa Period. He recently collaborated with TedEd on the production of an educational animation entitled “A Day in the Life of a Teenage Samurai”: https://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-teenage-samurai-constantine-n-vaporis

For an interview with Prof. Vaporis, click VaporisInterviewWinter2013EA

Office: 516 Fine Arts Building | Office Hrs
Contact: 410-455-2092 | vaporis@umbc.edu