Keita Okuhiro

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M.A., University of Tokyo
B.A., University of Tokyo

kokuhiro@albany.edu

My research focuses on the U.S. mobilization effort for World War II prior to Pearl Harbor, with an emphasis on how prepared the United States had become before becoming an actual belligerent. Under the guidance of Professor Carl Bon Tempo, I am working on a dissertation tentatively titled “The Politics of National Defense, 1939-1941,” which places the War Department at the center of analysis. Rather than to recount the well-known narrative of U.S. unpreparedness in terms of numbers, my aim is to demonstrate that subtle but significant redefinition of civil-military relations as broadly defined was underway while the United States was technically at peace. In a broader sense, my project examines the making of U.S. national security state in the absence of a formal warfare on the assumption that pre-Pearl Harbor experience guided U.S. Cold Warriors. I am also strongly interested in the historical expansion of presidential power, for which the period under my study was a crucial time.

Keita Okuhiro