Tomoko Kitagawa

Visiting Scholar

University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Office for the History of Science and Technology
Affiliation period: February 2016 - December 2017
Degrees Ph.D. East Asian Studies :: Princeton University (2009)
M.A. Asian Studies :: University of British Columbia (2006)
B.Sc. Mathematical and Life Sciences Double-Major; Political Science Minor :: University of British Columbia (2003)

Research Areas

Current Research: History of Mathematics, Global History
General Research Topics: History, Mathematics, Digital Humanities, International Diplomacy, Gender

Tomoko L. Kitagawa is an author of five books in Japanese, including a national bestseller (2012) and the most recent one on the history of mathematics (2015). She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009 and taught history at Harvard University from 2009 to 2012. She moved to England in 2012 and conducted her research at the Needham Research Institute, the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, and Wolfson College Cambridge. She began a new project on the history of mathematics at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany in 2015, and is continuing her work at the University of California, Berkeley since 2016.


Publications (Books):

The Moon, Elephants, and Mathematics
[English] in-progress

A Voyage of the Intellects: A Global History of Imagination in the 17th Century
[English] editing

The Letters of Nei (15481624): The Unification of Japan and its Epistolary Culture
[English] complete

Kyoto and Diplomacy:
Japan’s Transcultural Exchange of Documents, Arts, and Knowledge, 15431643
[English] complete

The Creation of Intelligence: A History of Passion without Borders
(Kenburiggi sūgakushi tantei)
[Japanese] Shinchō shinsho, 08/2015

Historical Narratives through a Prism
(Rekishi no kotae wa hitotsu janai: Sankashite taikansuru rekishi no jugyō)
[Japanese] Tokyo FM Publishing, Digital Book, 08/2013

The Visions
(Ikoku no vijon, Sekai no naka no nihonshi e)
[Japanese] Shinchōsha, 06/2013

A Song of July
(Sekai kijun de yume o kanaeru watashino benkyōhō)
[Japanese] Gentōsha, 02/2013

Japanese History Abroad: Why a New Narrative?
(Hābādo hakunetsu nihonshi kyōshitsu)
[Japanese] Shinchō shinsho, 05/2012

An Independent Wife during the Warring States:
The Life of Kitanomandokoro Nei (1548–1624) in Letters
[English] Ph.D. Diss., Princeton University, 09/2009

last updated: June 29th, 2020