Simon Avenell


Simon Avenell

PhD (University of California, Berkeley)
The Australian National University
Pacific and Asian History, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

Simon Avenell is Professor in the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University. He specializes in modern Japanese history, civic activism, civil society, environmental history, and transnational history. His work has been published in major Japan and area studies journals such as The Journal of Japanese Studies, positions: east asia cultures critique, Social Science Japan Journal, Environmental History and Modern Asian Studies.  He has three single-authored books: Making Japanese Citizens: Civil Society and the Mythology of the Shimin in Postwar Japan (University of California, 2010) a history of civic thought, social activism, and civil society in postwar Japan; Transnational Japan in the Global Environmental Movement (University of Hawaii Press, 2017), an exploration of Japanese activists role in environmental movements worldwide from the 1960s; and Asia and Postwar Japan: Deimperialization, Civic Activism, and National Identity (Harvard University Asia Center, 2022), which traces Japan’s complicated reengagement with Asia after colonial empire and militarism. For more information see:

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