James J. Orr

Associate Professor and Chair
East Asian Studies Department
12A Marts Hall
Bucknell University
Lewisburg, PA 17837

Phone: (570) 577-3388
Fax: (570) 577-3760


Education Background:

Ph.D.: 1996 Stanford University, History (Modern East Asia)
M.A.: 1987 University of Washington, International Studies (East Asia: Japan Regional Studies)
B.A.: 1979 Yale University, Economics

Recent Publications and Presentations

Research Interests:

For a fuller curriculum vitae, click here .

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Course Information:

Scheduled leave, Academic Year 2016/2017--I will be spending most of my time on leave working on a book on the history of Little League in Japan.

Recent activities:

My Bucknell Blog

Moderator for A-Bomb Survivor Panel Discussion and Webcast, at the Japan Society of New York, May 21, 2010. See accompanying teacher's resource on using hibakusha testimony as oral history.

Guest lecture with Tom Hayden, moderated by Amy Goodman, "Reflections on Citizen Movements: Peace and Politics in the U.S. & Japan" at the Japan Society of New York, May 27, 2008. Part of the Satya Graha Forum. Podcast of talk available (begin at minute 41of the podcast).

Web links of interest:

A quote for your consideration:

"As a matter of general principle, I believe there can be no doubt that criticism in time of war is essential to the maintenance of any kind of democratic government. Perhaps nothing today distinguishes democratic government in England so greatly from the totalitarianism of Germany as the freedom of criticism which has existed continuously in the House of Commons and elsewhere in England. Of course that criticism should not give any information to the enemy. But too many people desire to suppress criticism simply because they think that it will give some comfort to the enemy to know that there is such criticism. If that comfort makes the enemy feel better for a few moments, they are welcome to it as far as I am concerned, because the maintenance of the right of criticism in the long run will do the country maintaining it a great deal more good than it will do the enemy, and will prevent mistakes which might otherwise occur."
            Sen. Robert Taft, December 19, 1941.  From The Papers of Robert Taft (Kent, 1997), p. 303.

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This page is maintained by Jim Orr, jamesorr@bucknell.edu . Last update April 2015.