Jessamyn Abel

Jessamyn Abel
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
(814) 865-3931
201C Old Botany Building
Asian Studies, College of the Liberal Arts

PhD, Columbia University, 2004
MIA, Columbia University, 1997
BA, Princeton University, 1992

Jessamyn Abel is an assistant professor in Asian Studies and History. She has served as the Asian Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies since 2014.  Abel's research focus is on modern Japan, with particular interests in cultural history, transportation technology, and international relations. She is working on a book-length research project titled Speeding Bullet: A Cultural History of “The World’s Fastest Train,” which focuses on the opening of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, Japan’s first bullet train, in terms of space, speed, identity, and international relations. Her first book The International Minimum: Japan’s Global Engagement in the Twentieth Century (University of Hawai’i Press, 2015) examines the transwar development of Japanese internationalism.  Other publications include articles on the Tokyo Olympics, cultural diplomacy during World War II, and the history of whaling in the 19th and 20th centuries.  In teaching, she enjoys bringing globally contextualized views of Japan and Asia into the classroom.