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Sheldon Garon is the Dodge Professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University. He has taught at Princeton since 1982. He is a historian of modern Japan, but increasingly he also writes "transnational" or global history about interrelated developments in many nations. For example, in spring 2011, he’ll teach a freshman seminar on “Atomic-bombing and Firebombing Cities in World War II,” which examines the bombing of cities in Japan, Germany, and Britain, plus discussing the U.S. government’s decision to bomb civilians in the Axis nations. Publications include The State and Labor in Modern Japan (1987), Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life (1997), and his co-edited volume, The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West (2006). He is looking forward to the December 2011 publication of his trade book, Beyond Our Means: Why America Spends While the World Saves, which offer a comparative-historical look at the alarming lack of household saving in the U.S. today.