Gavan McCormack

Professor Gavan McCormack

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1992
  • Section(s): History, Asian Studies


Gavan McCormack taught at the University of Leeds, La Trobe University and Adelaide University before joining the Australian National University in 1990. He was Visiting Professor at Kobe, Kyoto, Ritsumeikan, Tsubuka Universities, International Christian University, and Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Gavan has worked on modern East Asian, especially Japanese, intellectual, political, and environmental history and politics. Much of his work is translated into Japanese, Korean and Chinese. He has lectured widely in Australia, Japan, Korea, China, the US, Canada, and Europe. He was co-founder in 2002 of the web journal Japan Focus, (which in 2010 became Japan Focus:The Asia-Pacific Journal), and continues to serve as Coordinator. He was awarded (jointly, on behalf of Japan Focus), the Inaugural Ryukyu Shimpo Ikemiyagi Shui Prize for promotion of international understanding of Okinawa, September 2008.

Recent publications include books on Japanese direction and identity, the constitutional debate in Japan, the North Korean problem and the Japanese State and the US relationship.

Acknowledgement of Country

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