Chad R. Diehl

Assistant Professor
General Faculty

155 Nau Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:00-1:30pm, and by appointment.

Field & Specialties

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


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


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

“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.

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]

Courses Taught

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 4501: Japanese Memory of the Second World War

Media Appearances

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