Simon Partner

Simon Partner

Professor in the Department of History

External address: 
303 Classroom 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

Selected Grants

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

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Research Fellow awarded by International Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto (2019 to 2020)

Partner, S. The Merchant's Tale Yokohama and the Transformation of Japan.: Columbia University Press, December 19, 2017.

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. "Japan’s global peace moment." Japan Forum 30, no. 4 (October 2, 2018): 543-563. Full Text

Partner, S. "Daily Life in Wartime Japan, 1940-1945." JOURNAL OF JAPANESE STUDIES 43, no. 1 (2017): 189-193. Full Text

Partner, S. "Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry." JOURNAL OF JAPANESE STUDIES 41, no. 2 (2015): 392-397. Full Text

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. "Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan." HARVARD JOURNAL OF ASIATIC STUDIES 73, no. 1 (June 2013): 211-215. Full Text

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)


Spring 2019

Life Stories (HISTORY 550S)
Class Bldg 241, Th 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
Emergence Of Modern Japan (HISTORY 227)
Class Bldg 114, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
Life Stories (HISTORY 550S)
Class Bldg 101, Th 01:25 PM-03:55 PM

Fall 2018

East Asia's Twentieth Century (HISTORY 504S)
Crowell 107, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
Ancient And Early Modern Japan (HISTORY 226)
Class Bldg 240, WF 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
Japan Since 1945 (HISTORY 502S)
Carr 135, W 01:40 PM-04:10 PM

Fall 2017

Gtwy Sem: Grandparents (HISTORY 159S)
Carr 135, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
Emergence Of Modern Japan (HISTORY 227)
East Duke 209, TuTh 03:05 PM-04:20 PM

Spring 2017

Gtwy Sem: Grandparents (HISTORY 159S)
Carr 135, M 04:55 PM-07:25 PM
Ancient And Early Modern Japan (HISTORY 226)
West Duke 106, WF 01:25 PM-02:40 PM

Fall 2016

Emergence Of Modern Japan (HISTORY 227)
Carr 137, MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM
East Asian Treaty Ports (HISTORY 518S)
Friedl Bdg 118, M 06:15 PM-08:45 PM

Spring 2015

East Asia's Twentieth Century (HISTORY 504S)
West Duke 08A, M 03:05 PM-05:55 PM

Fall 2014

Japan Since 1945 (HISTORY 502S)
Perkins 060, Th 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Spring 2014

East Asia's Twentieth Century (HISTORY 504S)
Crowell 106, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM