Constantine N. Vaporis
Constantine N. Vaporis is a Professor of History and Founding Director of Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Though his research focuses on the Edo period, Professor Vaporis is deeply interested in the entire range of Japanese history and teaches his courses from an East Asian or comparative context.
Author of Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan; Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan; Nihonjin to sankin kōtai (in Japanese); Voices of the Shogun's Age: Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life in Tokugawa, Japan, 1603-1868 (2nd edition); The Samurai Encyclopedia. A Comprehensive Guide to Japan’s Elite Warriors Class; and (pre-press) Samurai. Stories of Warriors in an Age of Peace. He has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar's Award, an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers, a visiting fellowship at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto, an appointment as the 2013-2016 UMBC Presidential Research Professor, and an appointment as a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. in 2020-21; twice he has been appointed an Honors College Teaching Fellow (2009-11, 2023-24). Having received his Ph.D. from Princeton's East Asian Studies department, he began teaching at UMBC in 1989, and has had visiting appointments at The Johns Hopkins University and University of Pennsylvania. He frequently conducts workshops in Japanese history for teachers and museum docents as well as three-day courses on contemporary Japanese and Asian history for various U.S. government agencies.