University of Wisconsin–Madison

Sam Timinsky

TA: History 201, Professor Thal

Advisors: Louise Young and Sarah Thal

Office: 4260 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5119 Mosse Humanities
Phone: 608.890.3308
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00, Thursdays 4:00-5:00, or by appointment

Sam Timinsky


My research concerns the emergence of new political ideologies and politics between 1960 and 1989 in Japan. I am especially concerned with the ways in which mass media, especially weekly magazines and newspapers, transmitted and participated in debates over religious (Buddhist) morality, economics, political participation, and middle-class masculinity. Through these subjects I hope to rethink Japan cultural and political relationship to rest of the Capitalist Bloc and also the relationship between Neoliberalism in Japan and Euro-America.


M.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
Non-Degree Awarding Program, Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies
M.A., Japan Studies, University of Washington, 2012
B.A., History, Marist College, 2010


  • Political History, Cultural History

M.A. Title

  • “Gatekeepers of Ideology: The Editors of the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Asahi Shimbun and the Emergence of Neo-Centrism in Postwar Japan, 1960-1963”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “New Conservativism(s) for the New Japan: Religion, Ideology, and Masculinity, 1960 – 1989”

Selected Publications

  • Review: “Jessamyn R. Abel, The International Minimum: Creativity and Contradiction in Japan’s Global Engagement, 1933 – 1964” Journal of American-East Asian Relations, (2017) Currently under review


  • Kobe College Corporation-Japan Education Exchange Graduate Fellowship, 2016 – 2017
  • UW-Madison EOF Grant, 2016 – 2017
  • Tan Moeson Fellowship, Summer 2016
  • Japan Foundation Summer Language Fellowship, 2016
  • UW- Madison Graduate Travel Grant, Summer 2016
  • Early Excellence Teaching Award, Department of History, UW-Madison, Spring 2016
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 2014 (Summer) (Funds Declined)
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • IUC Education Scholarship 2012-2013
  • Toshizo Watanabe Scholarship 2012-2013
  • Fred and Ann Notehelfer Scholarship 2012-2013
  • Japan Foundation Scholarship 2012-2013 (Funds Declined)
  • Mitsubishi International Corporation Graduate Award and Grant 2011-2012
  • Ayako Betty Murakami Fellowship 2011-2012
  • Japan Studies Fellowship 2010-2011
  • Freeman Asia Scholarship, Spring 2009
  • Marist Debate Scholarship, Fall 2007, Amount Doubled Fall 2008 -2010
  • Marist College Academic Scholarship, 2006- 2010

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Asian Studies
  • American Historical Association
  • Institute of 20th Century Media at Waseda University

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 201 – Historians Craft: How Do Empires End? – Spring 2016
  • History 201 – Historians Craft: Conspiracy Theories: Evidence and Argument – Fall 2015
  • History 201 – Historians Craft: Shanghai Life and Crime – Spring 2015