Earl H. Kinmonthi

Earl H. Kinmonth

Earl H. Kinmonth is Professor Emeritus, Taisho University. Before moving to Japan permanently in 1999, he taught at Cornell University, the University of California-Davis, and the University of Sheffield. He has held adjunct positions at SOAS in the UK and at various universities in Japan including Keio and Waseda. His primary research interest is the development of the modern middle classes in 19th and 20th century Japan, especially the role of education in status acquisition and preservation. In addition, he is working on a book tentatively titled "Japan in the Foreign Imagination," a study of the misreporting of Japan in English language news media. His most recent research on education will appear as a chapter (Much ado about very little: The [2015] Japanese government order that Japanese national universities 'abolish' their humanities and social science programs) in a book from Routledge entitled The Changing Face of Higher Education.

A Japanese citizen, he writes commentary on contemporary social, historical, and educational issues in Japanese and English and translates Japanese academic and journalistic texts into English.