Jordan Sand

Jordan Sand is Professor of Japanese History at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.


He teaches modern Japanese history and other topics in East Asian history, as well as urban history and the world history of food. He has a doctorate in history from Columbia University and Masters degree in architecture history from the University of Tokyo. His research and writing have focused on architecture, urbanism, material culture and the history of everyday life. House and Home in Modern Japan (Harvard, 2004) explores the ways that westernizing reformers reinvented Japanese domestic space and family life during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Tokyo Vernacular: Common Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects (University of California Press, 2013), analyzes problems of history and memory in the postindustrial city. Teikoku Nihon no seikatsu kūkan (Iwanami shoten, 2015) examines colonialism in the Asia-Pacific through the lens of material culture, bodily comportment and urban space. He has also written on the comparative history of urban fires and firefighting, the history of Japanese food (including sushi, miso, and MSG), and topics in the study of heritage and museums.