Fellows & Grantees

Franziska Seraphim

Abe Fellowship 2006
Project Title
The Politics of Social Integration in Post-Occupation Japan and Germany
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award)
Assistant Professor, History, Boston College


Franziska Seraphim is associate professor of modern Japanese history and director of Asian studies at Boston College. She is the author of War Memory and Social Politics in Japan, 1945-2005 (Harvard Asia Center, 2006). Her research focuses on public memory, historical justice, and social movements in Asia in comparative and global perspectives. Recent publications include “Carceral Geographies of Japan’s Vanishing Empire: War Criminals Prisons in Asia” in Kushner, ed. The Dismantling of the Japanese Empire in East Asia (Routledge, 2016) and “A ‘Penologic Program’ for Japanese and German War Criminals after World War II” in Cho et al., eds. Transnational Encounters and Comparisons between Germany and Japan, 1860s-2000s (Palgrave, 2015). Her current book manuscript is entitled “Geographies of Justice: Japan, Germany, and the Allied War Crimes Program.”