Samuel Parkinson Porter

Advisors: Louise Young and Sarah Thal
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Sam Porter


I am a sixth year PhD student studying modern Japanese history under Professors Louise Young and Sarah Thal. My main area of research interests involve the Japanese military, veterans’ issues, empire, and Japan’s role in early postwar Asia.

Presently, I am writing my dissertation on the demobilization and reintegration of Second World War veterans into postwar Japan. My research specifically examines the ways in which the Japanese military and individual soldiers became embroiled in postwar conflicts in mainland Asia as well as problems that arose with the return of seven million veterans to civilian life. My project challenges long held assumptions that the history of the Imperial Army and Navy stopped at August 15, 1945. Critically, demonstrate how the return of millions of veterans played a key role in the shaping of postwar Japanese society’s views on war as well as how the Japanese state ultimately reversed the demobilization process by remobilizing thousands of veterans and civilians for service in postwar Asian conflicts, such as the Korean War.


B.A., George Washington University
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • East Asian History

M.A. Title

  • “Seeing Red: The Asahi Shimbun, Anti-Communism, and the Reporting of the Spanish Civil War in the Japanese Press”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Nothing Other than Sentimentalism: The Postwar Battles and Demobilization of Imperial Japanese Military Veterans, 1945-1950”

Selected Publications

  • Mike M. Mochizuki & Samuel Parkinson Porter, “Japan under Abe: toward Moderation or Nationalism?” The Washington Quarterly Vol 36, No. 4 (Winter 2013)


  • The Japan Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, AY 2017-2018 (Accepted), University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • The Fulbright Award, AY 2017-2018 (Awarded, Declined), University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Davis-Gerstein Research Fellowship, Summer 2016, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • Summa Cum Laude and Special Honors, 2012, George Washington University
  • Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honors Society, 2012, George Washington University
  • Boren Scholarship, AY 2010, National Security Education Program
  • The Japan Bridging Scholarship, AY 2010, Kyoto University

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 101 –  American History to the Civil War Era
    University of Wisconsin – Madison, History Department
    January-May 2017
  • History 103 – Introduction to East Asian History: China
    University of Wisconsin – Madison, History Department
    September 2015-December 2016
  • History 357 –  The Second World War
    University of Wisconsin – Madison, History Department
    September-December 2016

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • HU103-A1 – World History, 1500-Present
    Adjunct Instructor, Newbury College
    Janunary 2019-Present