My research focuses primarily on the social and cultural history of modern Japan from 1852-1953. My interests include Japanese migration, regional identity formation, borderland studies, settler colonialism, nation-building, memory studies, and folklore studies.
I teach both upper and lower division classes on World History, Asian History, and Japanese History. Some of my favorite courses designed for Seton Hall include classes on Global Food History, "Medieval Monsters: A Japanese History," "Age of the Samurai," "Japan's Pacific Empire," and "Japan's Modern Myths and Monsters" I bring into the classroom my own experience as a global citizen, having lived and worked in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Israel, Singapore, and Brunei.
Presently, I am working on a book manuscript titled Tohoku Unbounded: Regional Identity and the Mobile Subject in Prewar Japan forthcoming from Brill Press in 2022. This work will examine the domestic history of Japan using a global perspective with case studies in the Philippines, colonial Manchuria, Canada, the United States, and Brazil.
- Ph.D., University of Wisconsin--Madison
- MA, University of Wisconsin--Madison
- A.B., University of Chicago
- Co-PI for a Cultivating Research, Innovation, and Talent Award’s Opportunity Meets Innovation Challenge Grant for the project "Voices of ‘Super Typhoon Yolanda’ and the ‘Great Tohoku Earthquake’ on Social Media in the Philippines and Japan." (2021-2023)
- Anne Giblin Gedacht, "The Girl from Wakamatsu: Narrative Afterlives of a Boshin War Refugee, 1868-2018," Journal of Social History (Oxford University Press, Summer 2022): 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1093/jsh/shab065.
- Anne Giblin Gedacht, "Global Histories, Local Resources: Exploring Tohoku’s International Past from within Akita Prefecture," Journal of the Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration, vol. 8 (Akita International University, February 2019): 21-30. https://doi.org/10.24687/iasrc.8.0_21.
- Book Review of In Search of our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire, by Eiichiro Azuma, Journal of American-East Asian Relations 28:1(2021): 89-91.
- Book Review of Ennobling Japan’s Savage Northeast: Tohoku as Postwar Thought, 1945-2011 by Nathan Hopson, Pacific Affairs vol. 92 no. 1 (March 2019).
- Book Review of Postwar Emigration to South America from Japan to the Ryukyu Islands by Pedro Iacobelli, History: Review of New Books vol. 46, no. 6 (November 2018).
- Book Review of The Diplomatic History of Postwar Japan, edited by Iokibe Makoto, translated by Robert D. Eldridge, The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies, (Fall, 2014).
- Teacher Curriculum Guide for "Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of the Utagawa School," Brittingham Galleries VI, Chazen Museum of Art, (November 13, 2007-January 6, 2008).
- "Episode 55: Dr. Anne Giblin Gedacht (Seton Hall)," Meiji at 150 Podcast hosted by Tristan Grunow, University of British Columbia, 28 August 2018. https://Meijiat150.arts.ubc.ca.
- Seton Hall University, College of Arts and Sciences College Teacher of the Year Award (2020)
- Seton Hall University, Japan Studies Program Community Service Award (2019)
- Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration (IASRC), Akita International University, Japan (Summer, 2018)
- Doris Quinn Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2013-2014)
- Citation for Distinguished Service in Teaching, UW-Madison History Department (2011)
- Japanese Foundation Japanese Studies Fellowship (2009-2010)
- Early Excellence in Teaching, UW-Madison History Department (2007)