Academic Director and Lecturer in History

Laura Neitzel is the Academic Director for the Committee on Global Thought. She works with M.A. students in their research and professional development pursuits, and develops undergraduate initiatives for the CGT. She offered the inaugural undergraduate “Seminar in Global Thought: Inquiries into an Interconnected World” in Fall 2017 and is instructing the new undergraduate seminar “Global 20: Youth in an Interconnected World” in Spring 2018.

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 B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University.