William Tsutsui

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William Minoru "Bill" Tsutsui
11th President of Hendrix College
In office
2014 – present
Preceded byJ. Timothy Cloyd
Personal details
Born (1963-07-09) July 9, 1963 (age 56)
New York, New York
Spouse(s)Marjorie Swann
Alma materHarvard University
Princeton University
WebsiteHendrix College Office of the President

William M. "Bill" Tsutsui is an American academic, author, economic historian, Japanologist and university administrator.[1]

Early life[edit]

Tsutsui was born in New York City and grew up in Bryan, Texas. Tsutsui earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Harvard University. In 1985, he was awarded an A.B. degree in East Asian Studies.[1] Tsutsui earned his Ph.D. in history at Princeton University in 1995.[1] In 1988, Oxford University’s Corpus Christi College awarded him a Master of Letters in Modern Japanese History. In 1990, Princeton awarded him an M.A. in history.[1] In 1991-1992, he was a visiting research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo before returning to Princeton to complete his doctoral dissertation.[2]


Tsutsui served as Dean of Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas from 2010 to 2014,[1] he was also Professor in SMU's Clements Department of History. Previously, he had been a faculty member in the History Department at the University of Kansas from 1993 through 2010. At Kansas he served as Acting Director of the Center for East Asian Studies, Founding Executive Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Kansas, Chair of the History Department, and Associate Dean for International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.[3]

Tsutsui served as president of the Kansas State Historical Society in 2003-2004 and was a member of the board of directors of the Kansas Humanities Council from 2000 to 2006, he chaired the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies and served on the board of the Association for Asian Studies in 2010-2011. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, the Federation of State Humanities Councils, and the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, and a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Japan-America Student Conference.

President of Hendrix College[edit]

On November 1, 2013, Hendrix College announced that Tsutsui would become its 11th president beginning in June 2014.[4][5] Tsutsui's move into the Hendrix College presidency marked a new turn in his career as a scholar and administrator. While he had previously served in positions at a large state university (University of Kansas) and church-affiliated private university (Southern Methodist University), he had never before held a position in a small liberal arts college.

Upon the announcement of his selection as the Hendrix president, Tsutsui commented, “I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve as President of Hendrix." He went on, "Today, despite the challenges faced by all liberal arts colleges, Hendrix holds an enviable position ... I firmly believe that Hendrix is well prepared for the challenges ahead and I look forward to working with the trustees, faculty, staff, and students to make a real contribution to Hendrix’s future.”[6]

Selected works[edit]

In a statistical overview derived from writings by and about William Tsutsui, OCLC/WorldCat encompasses roughly 20+ works in 40+ publications in 2 languages and 1,000+ library holdings.[7]

  • Stabilization and Reconstruction in Japan, 1945-1950 (undergraduate honors thesis, 1985)
  • Banking policy in Japan: American Efforts at Reform during the Occupation (1988)
  • From Taylorism to Quality Control: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (PhD dissertation, 1995)
  • Manufacturing Ideology: Scientific Management in Twentieth-Century Japan (1998)
  • Banking in Japan: The Evolution of Japanese Banking, 1868-1952 (1999)
  • Japanese Banking in the High-Growth Era, 1952-1973 (1999)
  • Japanese Banking Since 1973: Deregulation, Internationalization and Adjustment (1999)
  • Godzilla on my Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (2004); Japanese translation: Gojira to Amerika no hanseiki (ゴジラとアメリカの半世紀) with Kyōko Kamiyama (2005)
  • A Companion to Japanese History (2006)
  • In Godzilla's Footsteps: Japanese Pop Culture Icons on the Global Stage co-edited with Michiko Ito (2006)
  • Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization (2010)
  • The East Asian Olympiads: Building Bodies and Nations in Japan, Korea, and China co-edited with Michael Baskett (2011)