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Deborah Solomon , Ph.D.

Associate Professor , History
Department of
History and Political Science

p/ 614.823.1559
e/ DSolomon@otterbein.edu
Office: Towers Hall 223C


  • University of Michigan, Ph.D., 2009
  • University of California, B.A., 1996

Research & Teaching Interests

I study modern Japanese and Korean history, specializing in the Japanese colonization of Korea prior to 1945. My book manuscript, Schooling Discontent: Education, Identity and Student Protest in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, examines Japanese education on the Korean peninsula and the evolution of Korean student identity through the lens of colonial-era student protest. In this work, I demonstrate that it was during this era that students first began to forge an enduring understanding of their larger social significance— namely, that to be a modern student was to have not only the right but the obligation to critique, and in certain cases publicly resist, an unjust state. I am also completing a related article entitled “Print Technologies and Social Protest in Colonial Korea,” which examines how covert colonial-era social activist networks utilized newly imported print technology from Japan to resist Japanese rule of the Korean Peninsula.

  • Modern Asia, especially modern Japan and Korea
  • Imperialism/Colonialism
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Social Protest
  • Narrative and Film
  • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Identity


  • The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea, solicited book review, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Autumn 2016, Volume 47, Number 2.  
  • “Intersections of Gender and Nationalism in the 1929-1930 Kwangju Student Movement,” book chapter in edited volume, in Andrew Hall and Tingshi Jin, eds., Education History in Manchuria and Korea: An International Approach. Fukuoka, Japan: Hana Shoin, June 2016. 
  • “The Empire is the Enemy of the East’: Student Activism in 1940s Colonial Korea,” research article, The Journal of Korean Studies, Spring 2015, Volume 20, Number 1.
  • Colonial Rule and Social Change in Korea, 1910-1945, solicited book review, The Journal of Asian Studies, August 2014, Volume 73, Issue 3.
  • “Regionalism, Nationalism and Empire in 1920s Student Activism,” chapter based on expanded workshop paper, Rereading the Colonial Period, Korean Studies Center, Yonsei University, Seoul, Republic of Korea 2006 (in Korean).

Affiliations & Awards

  • US-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus Fellowship, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, Washington DC and Seoul, Republic of Korea. 2013-2015.
  • Korean Studies Research Grant, North East Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, Ann Arbor MI, Summer 2011, Summer 2007.
  • Joint Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Korea Institute and Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, Harvard University, 2009-2010.
  • Janey and Melvin Lack Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Eisenberg Institute of Historical Studies, University of Michigan, 2008-2009.
  • Korea Foundation Korean Studies Graduate Scholarship, 2000-2001, 2008-2009.
  • Center for Japanese Studies Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2007 Summer.
  • Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowship, Kobe College Corporation, 2006-2007.
  • Fulbright Research Grant, Institute of International Education, U.S. Department of State, 2005-2006.
  • Language Grant, Blakemore Foundation. Korean, 2004-2005. Japanese, 2001-2002.
  • Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2000-2004.

/ Office of Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs is located in Roush Hall, 27 S. Grove St.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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