Bill Tsutsui

Bill Tsutsui
Public Member, Arkansas (AR)

William (Bill) Tsutsui is Edwin O. Reischauer Distinguished Visiting Professor at Harvard University. A specialist in the business, economic, and cultural history of twentieth-century Japan, he holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford, and Princeton universities. He began his professional career at the University of Kansas, where he held a range of positions, including Acting Director of KU’s Center for East Asian Studies, Chair of the Department of History, and Associate Dean for International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. He went on to serve as Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University and, from 2014 to 2019, as President of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

An award-winning classroom teacher, Tsutsui is the author or editor of eight books, including Banking Policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform During the Occupation (1988), Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (1998), Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004), and A Companion to Japanese History (2006). He has received Fulbright, ACLS, and Marshall fellowships, and was awarded the John Whitney Hall Prize of the Association for Asian Studies in 2000 and the William Rockhill Nelson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2005.

A strong supporter of the public humanities, Tsutsui joined the Kansas Humanities Council’s Speakers Bureau while on the faculty at the University of Kansas twenty years ago. He subsequently joined the council’s board of directors, serving as the chair of the Program Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee. He became a member of the Federation of State Humanities Council Board in 2014 and served as chair from 2017-2019. Tsutsui also currently sits on the boards of the US-Japan Council and the Association for Asian Studies. In 2020 he was appointed to the Japan-United States Friendship Commission.