AIA Lecturer/Host: Michelle Damian

Assistant Professor at Monmouth College (IL)

Michelle Damian (PhD, University of Southern California), began working as an Assistant Professor at Monmouth College (IL) after a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. She specializes in Japanese maritime history and archaeology, and has authored chapters in the volumes Land, Power and the Sacred: The Estate System in Medieval Japan (forthcoming, University of Hawaii Press, July 2018) and Historical and Archaeological Perspectives on Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-Pacific (University of Florida Press). Michelle has worked and studied in Japan for over nine years, including eighteen months as a Fulbright fellow. Her current research focuses on 14th- to 16th- century Japanese maritime-based trade networks, tracing the movements of both people and commodities in the Seto Inland Sea region. She is also on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Museum of Underwater Archaeology, and lectures on the AIA’s national Lecture Program. At Monmouth, Michelle teaches classes on Japanese and Chinese history, public history, and maritime archaeology.