Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu

Professor of History
Dunlevie Family Chair in History
Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1992
M.A. Cornell University, 1988
713-348-2134
Humanities 308
Areas of Interest: 
  • US and the World
  • History of Modern International Relations
  • International Political Economy
  • Pacific World
  • Global History of Sports
Research and Teaching: 

I am a historian of the United States’ relations with the wider world, with a particular emphasis on US-East Asian relations since the mid 19th century. My research interests, cutting across historiographical and national boundaries, include the history of U.S.-Japanese relations, comparative colonialism, the transpacific world, sports in international relations, and global governance. My current book project examines the rise and transformation of international ocean resource (particularly fisheries) management regimes in the North Pacific in the first half of the 20th century.

Selected Publications: 
  • Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012)
  • Creating People of Plenty: The United States and Japan’s Economic Alternatives, 1950-1960 (Kent: The Kent State University Press, 2001)
  • Nichibei Kankeishi [The History of Japan-U. S. Relations], with Masuda Hiroshi, et.al (Tokyo: Yuhikaku Press, 2001)