East Asian Studies
Department Chair:
Hsiu-Chuang Deppman

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Redden

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8313
Fax: (440) 775-6565

Peters Hall, Room 316
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Sheila Miyoshi Jager

Sheila Miyoshi Jager
Contact Information


Peters Hall 315
(440) 775-8299

Personal Office Hours:
Spring 2016 ~ TBA

Sheila Jager

Sheila Miyoshi Jager

Sheila Miyoshi Jager

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bennington College, 1984
  • Master of Arts, Middlebury College, 1985
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Chicago, 1994

Research and Publications:

My first book on Korean nationalism, Narratives of Nation Building in Korea: A Genealogy of Patriotism (M.E. Sharpe, 2003) focused on how particular gendered tropes have had a persistent and pervasive life in the fashioning of Korean modernity.  My second book, an edited volume (with Rana Mitter, Oxford University) entitled Ruptured Histories: War, Memory and the Post-Cold War in Asia (Harvard University Press, 2007) explores how the major East Asian states have undergone a profound reassessment of their experiences from World War II to Vietnam following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s. My third book, Brothers At War: The Unending Conflict in Korea (W.W. Norton/Profile Books, 2013)is a military, political and cultural history of the war, seen as spanning from 1945 to the present, and its global impact told from the American, North and South Korean, Soviet/Russian, and Chinese perspectives. I am currently working on a new book about the Great Power struggle over the Korean peninsula at the end of  the 19th and early 20thcentury  entitled: The ‘Other’ Great Game: The Opening of Korea and America’s Rise to World Power.


Teaching Interests:

My teaching and research interests are closely tied. My courses include: Korea: Past, Present and Future, The Politics of Memory,  The Korean War,  The Opening of Korea, 1876-1905  and  the Japanese Seizure of Korea,  1895-1910.