Shimizu to speak on role of baseball in U.S. - Japan relations in Coe presentation

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
(319) 399-8605 or

2017-03-13 10:53:03 - General

Professor Sayuri Guthrie Shimizu, holder of the Dunlevie Family Chair in History at Rice University in Houston, will speak on "Transpacific Field of Dreams: Baseball in U.S. - Japan Relations" in an upcoming James and Linnie Phifer History Speaker Series event at Coe College. The lecture will be held on Monday, March 27, beginning at 7 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall. It is open to the public at no charge, with a reception to follow.

Shimizu is a historian who specializes in relations between the United States and the wider world, with a particular emphasis on U.S. - East Asian relations since the mid-19th century. Her research interests, cutting across historiographical and national boundaries, include the history of U.S. - Japanese relations, comparative colonialism, the transpacific world, sports in international relations, and global governance. Her current book project examines the rise and transformation of international ocean resource management regimes (particularly fisheries) in the North Pacific in the first half of the 20th century.

Among many publications, Shimizu is the author of "Transpacific Field of Dreams: How Baseball Linked the United States and Japan in Peace and War" (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2012) and "Creating People of Plenty: The United States and Japan's Economic Alternatives, 1950-1960" (Kent: The Kent State University Press, 2001). Shimizu earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in history at Cornell University.

The James and Linnie Phifer History Speaker Series is named in honor of President Emeritus James Phifer and his wife, Linnie, in recognition of their nearly three decades of distinguished service to Coe College. Throughout his higher education career, President Phifer's academic and scholarly interests were in history.

The event is sponsored by the Coe College History Department. For more information, visit or call 319-399-8605.