Carl Gabrielson

Militarism in Contemporary Japan

I study military-societal relations in Japan, including U.S. bases as sites of cultural exchange and learning and the utilization of pop culture for Japanese militarist and security agendas.

Academic History

  • B.A., Long Island University
  • M.A., University of Hawaii, Manoa


Teaching Experience

Spring 2017 East Asian Traditions: Modern (EALCS)
Winter 2017 Teaching Assistant: Japanese History through Art and Literature (History)
Fall 2016 Teaching Assistant: American Migrations since 1965 (Asian American Studies)
Spring 2016 Teaching Assistant: Global Economic and Political Systems (Global Studies)
Winter 2016 Teaching Assistant: Second Year Japanese
2011-2015 Taught US-Japan Relations, and interdisciplinary social science course at Lakeland College Japan in Tokyo. Also managed and taught in the school’s English for Academic Purposes Program.
  2009-2010 Asian Studies Teaching Assistant at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.


2017 East Asia/Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship (National Science Foundation/Japan Society for the Promotion of Science)
2015-2019 UCSB Central Fellowship
 2010  Edward Seidensticker Award for Best Paper in Japanese Studies, Graduatre Student Conference, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawaii, Manoa.
 2008-9 Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship


  • “Happy Wives or Hungry Witches? Non-Japanese Wives on Japanese Television.” The Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, Volume 14 Issue 3. Online: December 23, 2014.

Conference Papers

2018  “Building a Pokémon Co-Prosperity Sphere: Race, imperialism, remilitarization, and Japan’s “soft” power,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, March 2018 (upcoming)
2017  “‘Gaijin Power’: Narratives of American Entitlement in U.S. Marine Corps’ Orientation Materials for Japanese Bases,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, March 19, 2017
2017 “Idolizing the Military: Celebrity Spokeswomen of the Japan Self Defense Forces,” Love, Peace, Dreams, and Bombs, 3/1/2017

2016 “Japanese Women and American Military Men: Perpetuating and Resisting Stereotypes in U.S.-Japan Intimate Relations,” workshop: Intimate Connections: Everyday Experiences of Inter-Asia Ties, 8/11/2016
 2016  “Comfort and Sacrifice: The Securitization of Female Bodies in Japanese Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism,” Security Hub, Orfalea Center Joint Research Projects, 2/27/2016
 2015   “LGBT Support in Japanese Higher Education,” The Second Annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland College Japan, 6/6/2015.
 2014   “Japan-Centered Courses and Global Education,” The First Annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland College Japan, 5/17/2014.
 2014   “Talking Taboo: Teaching Global Communication Skills through Controversial Topics and Language,” (co-presented with Roger Grabowski, Jr.) The First Annual Conference on Global Higher Education at Lakeland College Japan, 5/17/2014.
 2011   “Happy Wives or Hungry Witches? Japanese Identity, Multiculturalism and Wifehood on The Wife is a Foreigner, Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, 4/2/2011.
 2010 “Princes and Thieves: The Korean Wave, Japanese Nationalism and the Re-Imagining of Zainichi Koreans,” 2010 SPAS Graduate Student Conference, 3/10/2010.