Chad R. Diehl

Instructional Designer
A&S Learning Design & Technology

295 New Cabell Hall
Office Hours: Contact me.

Field & Specialties

Modern Japan
War Memory
Cultural History
Urban History
Post-WWII Culture and Politics


Ph.D., Columbia University (2011)
M.A., Columbia University (2005)
B.A., Montana State University (2003)



Editor. Shadows of Nagasaki: Trauma, Religion, and Memory after the Atomic Bombing. New York: Fordham University Press, forthcoming 2023.

Resurrecting Nagasaki: Reconstruction and the Formation of Atomic Narratives. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2018.

And the River Flowed as a Raft of Corpses: The Poetry of Yamaguchi Tsutomu, Survivor of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Editor and translator. Foreword by Donald Keene. New York: Excogitating Over Coffee Publishing, 2010. [self-published under my own imprint]

Chapter in Edited Volume

"Praying for Democracy: Christianity as Cultural Diplomacy in American-Occupied Japan, 1945-1952." Ed. Tyson Reeder. The Routledge History of U.S. Foreign Relations. Routledge, 2022.


“Lambs of God, Ravens of Death, Rafts of Corpses: Three Visions of Trauma in Nagasaki Survivor Poetry.” Japanese Studies 37:1 (2017): 117-138.

“Envisioning Nagasaki: From ‘Atomic Wasteland’ to ‘International Cultural City,’ 1945-1950.” Urban History 41:3 (2014): 497-516.


"'Hiroshima' has Become Shorthand for the Atomic Bombings. Here's Why We Shouldn't Overlook Nagasaki," TIME, August 6, 2020. 

Courses Taught

EAST 1010: East Asian Cannons and Cultures
HIEA 1501: Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Trauma, History, Memory
HIEA 2559: Post-WWII Japan through Film
HIEA 2072: Modern Japanese Culture and Politics
HIEA 3559: Democracy and the Body in Modern Japan
HIEA 3559: Gender and Sexuality in Modern Japan
HIEA 3559: Kurosawa's Japan: History and Film, 1943-1993
HIEA 4501: Japanese Memory of the Second World War
JPTR 3559: Literary Confessions: The Life and Myth of Mishima Yukio

Media Appearances

"'Genbaku no kioku': Beikoku de keishou," by Sayuri Kose, Nagasaki Shinbun, April 7, 2019.

"The Man Who Survived Both Atomic Bombs," by Matthew Hernon, Tokyo Weekender, August 7, 2018.