Professor Todd Munson
Randolph-Macon College Asian Studies Professor Todd Munson is the author of The
Periodical Press in Treaty-Port Japan: Conflicting Reports From Yokohama, 1861-1870
(Brill Publishing, 2013). The book offers an analytical survey of Japanese and English
print media published in the “treaty port” of Yokohama during the tumultuous final
decade of the Tokugawa shogunate.
“This was a pivotal period in Japanese history,” explains Munson. “I hope that my
work in some small way contributes to our understanding of Japanese history before
and during the Meiji Restoration.”
A review of the book states “The Periodical Press in Treaty-Port Japan
provides a fresh take in the field of Japanese media history—and convincingly demonstrates
that these early efforts were in fact vital, sophisticated, and exciting.”
Munson, who serves as associate professor of Asian Studies and director of the Asian Studies program, joined the R-MC
faculty in 2003. He has published multiple articles and book chapters on Japanese
and American visual media culture. He teaches Japanese as well as courses on Asian
and Japanese history, literature, and film, and he serves as advisor to the Japanese
Club. In 2013 he was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Asian American Society
of Central Virginia.
In 2012, Munson, along with five other
R-MC professors, traveled to Japan in preparation of integrating Japanese
studies into their curricula. The trip was made possible through The Japan Foundation
Center for Global Partnership grant,
“Honoring the Life, Work, and Good Spirit of Taylor Anderson: Enhancing Japanese
Studies at Randolph-Macon College.”
Munson earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and his M.A. and Ph.D.
from Indiana University.