Fields of Study: history regarding modern Japan, history regarding 20th century China, history regarding the environment, commodity history, trans-national history, global history.
Advisor: Sheldon Garon
Paul Kreitman researches environmentalism, sovereignty and geopolitics with a focus on North Asia-Pacific. And albatrosses.
As an undergraduate Paul studied History and Japanese at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating he interned at the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Grameen Bank, where he surveyed microcredit provision networks in rural and urban Bangladesh. Then he worked at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, an investment bank in Tokyo, where he designed carbon offset credits for sale within the UN Clean Development Mechanism.
As a graduate student at Princeton Paul studied Japan, modern China, environmental history, commodity history, transnational history and global history. For his dissertation thesis he is writing an anti-environmental, anti-national history of the world, focusing on a series of uninhabited islands (無人島) in the North Pacific. He plans to defend his dissertation as soon as possible.
Aside from his dissertation, Paul is also researching the trans-national origins of the Three Gorges Dam and the political ecology of shit in 20th century Tokyo.