University of Washington

Kenneth B. Pyle

Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies 
Professor, Japan Studies Program

University of Washington

229 Thomson
Box 353650
Seattle, Washington 98195
Tel: 543-7717


University of Washington:

    • Director, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies 1978-88
    • Professor of History and East Asian Studies 1975- present
    • Chairman of Japanese and Korean Studies 1972-78, 1991-95
    • Acting Director, Institute for Comparative and Foreign Area Studies 1975
    • Associate Professor of History 1969-75
    • Assistant Professor of History 1965-69


Other Universities

  • Visiting Associate Professor of History, Yale University 1969-70
  • Visiting Lecturer in History, Stanford University 1964-65


  • SISEA 423/HSTAS 423 History of Modern Japan
  • SISEA 490F Special Topics: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • SISEA 440/HSTAS 424 The Emergence of Postwar Japan


  • Graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, 1954;
  • A.B. 1958, (magna cum laude) History, Harvard College;
  • Ph. D. 1965, Japanese History, Johns Hopkins University;
  • Special work in Japanese studies: Stanford University 1960-61;
  • Stanford Center for Japanese Studies in Tokyo 1961-64 (presently Inter-University Center for Japanese Studies).


Modern Japanese history


    • Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (PublicAffairs Books, 2007);
    • "Reading the New Era in Asia: The Use of History and Culture in the Making of Foreign Policy," (Asia Policy, Vol. 1, No. 3, January 2007); "Nationalism in East Asia," (Asia Policy, Vol. 1, No. 3, 2007);
    • "Profound Forces in the Making of Modern Japan," (Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 32, No. 2, Summer 2006); 
    • "Henry Jackson and the Jackson School of International Studies: A Personal Reflection," ( Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Winter 2005/2006);
    • "Japan's Historic Change of Course," (Current History, Vol. 105, No. 692, September 2006);
    • "Abe Shinzo and Japan's Change of Course," (NBR Analysis, Vol. 17, No. 4, October 2006);
    • Book review: Laura Hein, Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture in Twentieth Century Japan (University of California Press) in Journal of Japanese Studies (Summer 2006);
    • "Regionalism in Asia: Past and Future," (Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Volume 16, Number 1, 2003);
    • "Japan" (co-authored with Eric Heginbotham) in Strategic Asia: Power and Purpose, 2001-2002, Richard Ellings and Aaron Friedberg, eds. (National Bureau of Asian Research, 2001);
    • "Japan and the Engagement of China: Challenges for U.S. Policy Coordination,", co-authored with Michael Armacost (NBR Analysis, Vol. 12, no. 5, 2001);
    • "Japan and the Unification of Korea,", coauthored with Michael Armacost, in Nicholas Eberstadt and Richard Ellings, eds. Korea's Future and the Great Powers (University of Washington Press, 2001);
    • "Japan and the Unification of Korea: Challenges for U.S. Policy Coordination," co-authored with Michael H. Armacost (NBR Analysis, Vol. 10, No. 1, March 1999);
    • "North Korea in U.S.-Japan Relations," (Occasional Papers of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Spring, 1999);
    • "Prospects for U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Northeast Asia," (Asia Perspectives, Vol. 2, No. 1, August 1999);
    • "Japan: Opportunism in the Pursuit of Power," in A Century's Journey: How the Major Powers Shaped the World, edited by Robert Pastor (New York: Basic Books, 1999);
    • "Restructuring Foreign and Defence Policy: Japan," in Asia-Pacific in the New World Order, edited by Anthony McGrew and Christopher Brook (Routledge, 1998);
    • "Meiji Conservatism," in Modern Japanese Thought, edited by Bob Tadashi Wakabayashi (Cambridge University Press, 1998);
    • "The Technology of Japanese Nationalism" and "Advantages of Followership" in Peter Kornicki, ed. Meiji Japan: Political, Economic, and Social History, 1868-1912 (Routledge, Vol. 4, 1998);
    • "Japan's Immobilism," (NBR Analysis, Vol. 9, No. 4, September, 1998) ;
    • Thai edition of The Japanese Question (1997);
    • From APEC to Xanadu: Creating a Viable Community in the Post-Cold War Pacific, co-edited with D. C. Hellmann (M. E. Sharpe, 1997);
    • "The World Historical Significance of Japan," in A Vision of a New Liberalism? Critical Essays on Murakami's Anticlassical Analysis, edited by Kozo Yamamura (Stanford University Press, 1997);
    • Old Orders and the Future of Japan and the United States in Asia" (Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial Lecture), International House of Japan Bulletin (Summer, 1997);
    • The Japanese Question: Power and Purpose in a New Era (AEI Press, Second edition, 1996);
    • The Making of Modern Japan, new (substantially enlarged) edition (Houghton Mifflin, 1996);
    • "Uncertain Future: Revitalizing the U.S.-Japan Alliance," (Harvard International Review, XVIII, No. 2, Spring 1996);
    • Japan's Emerging Strategy in Asia," in Southeast Asian Security in the New Millennium, Richard J. Ellings and Sheldon Simon, eds. (M. E. Sharpe, 1996);
    • Book Review: David Williams, Japan: Beyond the End of History in the Journal of Japanese Studies, Summer 1996;
    • Nihon e no gimon (Simul Press. Japanese translation of The Japanese Question, 1995);
    • "The Context of APEC: U.S.-Japan Relations." (NBR Analysis, VI, 8, November 1995);
    • Review: Ian Nish, Japan's Struggle with Internationalism, China, Japan and the League of Nations, 1931-32 in the Journal of Japanese Studies (Summer, 1995).


  • Winner of the 2008 Japan Foundation Prize in Japanese Studies
  • Establishment of Kenneth B. and Anne H. H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies, National Bureau of Asian Research, 2006;
  • Establishment of Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Professorship in American Foreign Policy, University of Washington, 2006;
  • Mansfield Freeman Memorial Lecture, Wesleyan University, 2002;
  • The Henry M. Jackson Award for Distinguished Public Service, 2000;
  • Japanese Imperial Decoration: Third Order of the Rising Sun, 1999;
  • Century Foundation/Twentieth Century Fund, Book Contract,1998-99;
  • Edwin O. Reischauer Memorial Lecturer, Tokyo, 1997;
  • Yoshida Shigeru Memorial Foundation Prize, 1991;
  • SSRC-ACLS Fellowships, 1970-71, 1972-73, 1977, 1983-84;
  • Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Fellowship, 1970-71;
  • National Defense Foreign Language Fellowships, 1960-61, 1963-64 ;
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship 1961-64;
  • Walter Hines Page Fellowship in International Relations, Johns Hopkins, 1958-60;
  • Ferguson History Prize (runner-up), Harvard College, 1956;
  • Marshal S. Keats Prize in History, Phillips Academy, 1954.