Tadashi Ishikawa

Tadashi Ishikawa

Visiting Assistant Professor

Email: ishikawa@binghamton.edu

In 2016–17, he teaches introductory surveys on pre-modern and modern Japan and seminars on gender and sexuality in post-1600 Japan and the Japanese Empire in the Asia-Pacific.


Tadashi Ishikawa is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Binghamton University.

Before affiliating with the department, he received a doctorate from the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in 2015 and became a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at Binghamton in 2015–16.

Dr. Ishikawa specializes in modern Japanese and East Asian history, imperialism and colonialism, gender and sexuality, and legal history.

Current Book Project

His current book project, “Geographies of Gender: Family and Law in the Japanese Empire,” studies the Japanese Empire–including Japan and colonial Taiwan–with a focus on gender in the interplay of family and law before the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese War in 1937.

“Geographies of Gender” focuses on social debates and judicial cases on bride prices, daughter adoption, and premarital sexual relationships. By utilizing press reports, professional journals, and the unpublished case records of the Japanese colonial courts in Taiwan, the book examines how metropolitan and colonial Japanese and Taiwanese leaders, as well as Taiwanese litigants, shaped gender relations upon the boundaries of family and marriage.

Last Updated: 10/4/16