Robert Stolz received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2006, and BA at St. John’s University in Minnesota. He is a scholar of Japanese Society and Politics, focusing on environmental issues, pollution, the Japanese empire, and fascism. He is the author and editor of two books: Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan 1870-1950 (Duke, 2014), and Tosaka Jun: A Critical Reader (Cornell, 2013), an edited collection of translations and original articles. He is currently working on a translation of Tosaka’s 1935 book of cultural criticism, The Japanese Ideology, as well as a book situating Japan’s Fukushima disaster of 2011 in a longer series of national sacrifice zones. He has most recently published on Minamata’s methyl mercury poisoning and also on the relation of radiation and horror literature and film.
Prior to NYU Stolz was an Associate Professor and from 2015-18 Director of Graduate Studies in the History department at the University of Virginia. Before that, he was Assistant Professor of Japanese History at the University of Tennessee. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and the Fulbright Program.