Welcome to the homepage of Dylan J. Plung.
I am a recent graduate of the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Japan Studies Program with a Masters in International Studies (MAIS) (cum laude, thesis defense and final oral examinations completed with honors), and a Research and Publications Intern at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in Seattle. At the University of Washington I was a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow in East Asia Studies. Before attending the University of Washington I graduated (with distinction) from Whitman College with a BA in Asian Studies.
I currently hold a Blakemore-Freeman Fellowship for Advanced Japanese Language Study to fund a year of study abroad at Stanford University’s Inter-University Center for Advanced Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan, 2019-2020.
My primary academic interest is the social history of Japan during and immediately after World War II. I am fascinated by the historiography of the firebombing and atomic bombing of Japan, and, in particular, my emphasis is on international policy implications, civil defense history, and presentations/representations of Japanese citizens within these overarching contexts.