Academic Director and Lecturer

Laura Neitzel is the Academic Director for the Committee on Global Thought. She works with MA students in their research and professional development pursuits, and develops undergraduate initiatives for the CGT. She will offer the inaugural undergraduate “Seminar in Global Thought:  Inquiries into an Interconnected World” in Fall 2017.

Neitzel is a historian of modern Japan who is interested in the national and global contexts that shape the ways people envision their futures and articulate their aspirations and disappointments. She is the author of The Life We Longed For: Danchi Housing and the Middle Class Dream in Postwar Japan (MerwinAsia, 2016). She earned a BA in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Massachusetts, an MA in East Asian Studies from Washington University, and a PhD in History from Columbia University.