Simon Partner

Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
303 Carr Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90719, Durham, NC 27708-0719
(919) 684-5464


Late 19th and 20th-century Japanese history Focusing on: growth of consumer markets; technology and social change; Japanese rural society

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 1997

  • M.Phil., Columbia University 1994

  • M.A., Columbia University 1993

  • M.A., University of Cambridge (UK) 1985

  • M.B.A., University of Manchester (England) 1984

  • B.A., University of Cambridge (UK) 1980

Project GO: ROTC Chinese Language Initiative awarded by Institute for International Education (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2015

Asian Pacific Studies Institute (NRC) awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Creation of Triangle Center for Japanese Studies awarded by Japan Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

National Resource Centers awarded by Department of Education (Principal Investigator). 2006 to 2011

Jackson, E, and Partner, S. Bull City Survivor: Standing up to a Hard Life in a Southern City. MacFarland & Company, Inc., 2013. (Monograph)

Partner, S. The Mayor of Aihara: A Japanese Villager and His Community, 1865-1925. University of California Press, May 2009.

Partner, S. Toshie: A Story of Rural Life in Twentieth Century Japan. University of California Press, 2004.

Partner, S. Assembled in Japan: Electrical Goods and the Making of the Japanese Consumer. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.

Partner, S. Saying Yes to Japanese Investment. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1992.

Partner, S. Mergers and Acquisitions Manual. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 1991.

Partner, S. "Daily Life of Civilians in Wartime Japan, 1937-45." In The Daily Lives of Civilians in Wartime Asia,edited by S Lone. Greenwood Press, 2007.

Partner, S. "Review of Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan by Andrew Gordon." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies 73 (June 2013): 211-215. (Review)

Partner, S. "Review of Rural Economic Development in Japan: From the Nineteenth Century to the Pacific War by Penelope Francks." The Journal of Japanese Studies 34, no. 1 (January 2008): 106-109. (Review) Full Text

Partner, S. "Peasants into citizens? The Meiji village in the Russo-Japanese War." MONUMENTA NIPPONICA 62, no. 2 (2007): 179-209. Full Text

Partner, S. "Review of Isami's house: Three centuries of a Japanese family by Gail Bernstein." JOURNAL OF INTERDISCIPLINARY HISTORY 38, no. 2 (2007): 339-340. (Review) Full Text

Partner, S. "Review of Community and State in the Japanese Farm Village by Dimitri Vanoverbeke." Monumenta Nipponica 60 (December 2005). (Review)

Partner, S. "Review of Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda." MONUMENTA NIPPONICA 59, no. 1 (2004): 143-145. (Review)

Partner, S. "Review of A Time of Crisis by Kerry Smith." Agricultural History 76 (2002): 713-715. (Review)

Partner, S. "A time of crisis: Japan, the great depression, and rural revitalization." AGRICULTURAL HISTORY 76, no. 4 (2002): 713-715.