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Philip Brown

Philip Brown, professor of Japanese and East Asian history, was among the 14 faculty members from The Ohio State University selected as recipients of prestigious Fulbright fellowships for 2013-14.

Brown will research his project on "Dam Imperialism: The Case of the Wusantou Dam, Tainan, and Related Projects" at the Institute for Taiwan History at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan, during spring 2014.

Brown is an expert in early modern and modern Japanese history with interests in the history of technology, environmental history and state-society relations from the 15th to 19th centuries.

He recently published a monograph on joint arable land holding systems (warichi), Cultivating Commons: Joint Ownership of Arable Land in Early Modern Japan (University of Hawaii Press, 2011).

He spent 2008 in Niigata, Japan, starting a new long-term project that examines the development of civil engineering, state modernization and flood control in 19th and 20th century Japan.

To support the latter research he received a Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Award, Japan-U.S. Friendship/NEH Fellowship, and National Science Foundation Scholars Award for $223,000 under the Science and Society Program.

Fulbright scholars are selected by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program for the U.S. Department of State.

The program offers U.S. faculty, administrators and professionals grants to lecture, conduct research or participate in seminars abroad. About 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals travel abroad on Fulbright Scholar Programs each year.

The Office of International Affairs administers the Fulbright Scholar program for Ohio State. Grant competitions are held annually. Faculty and staff interested in applying for the FY2015-16 award should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline is February 1, 2014. For more information, visit cies.org.