Fields of Study: Modern Japan, 20th century China, Environmental History, Migration History, Global History, Pacific History, Political Geography.
Advisor: Sheldon Garon
Paul Kreitman researches nature conservation, 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 and global history. For his dissertation thesis he is writing an environmental history of the US-Japan borderlands, focusing on a series of uninhabited islands (無人島) in the North Pacific. He plans to defend his dissertation in the summer of 2015.
Aside from his doctoral dissertation, Paul is also researching the trans-national origins of the Yangtze Three Gorges Dam and the political ecology of excrement in 20th century Tokyo.