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

Office Hours: Monday-Friday - 8:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30

Sheila Miyoshi Jager

Sheila Miyoshi Jager

Professor of East Asian Studies

Contact Information


Peters Hall 315
(440) 775-8299

Personal Office Hours:
Spring 2017
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11:00-12:15
Or by appointment

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:

Sheila Miyoshi Jager is a Professor of East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. She was also a visiting Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College in 2006-8. Her first book, Narratives of Nation Building in Korea: A Genealogy of Patriotism (M.E. Sharpe, 2003), focused on Korean nationalism and how particular gendered tropes have had a persistent and pervasive life in the fashioning of Korean modernity. Her second book, an edited volume (with Rana Mitter) entitled Ruptured Histories: War, Memory and the Post-Cold War in Asia (Harvard University Press, 2007), explored how the major East Asian states underwent 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. Her third book, Brothers At War: The Unending Conflict in Korea (W.W. Norton/Profile Books, 2013), was 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. It was selected for the 2013 National Book Festival and as one of Foreign Affairs 2013 best book on Asia-Pacific. She is currently working on a new book about the Great Power struggle over the Korean peninsula at the end of the 19th and early 20th century entitled The Other Great Game: The Opening of Korea and The Birth of Modern East Asia (Under contract to Harvard University Press).


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.