Gregory Pflugfelder specializes in Japanese history and gender studies. He received his A.B. from Harvard in 1981, his M.A. from Waseda in 1984, and his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1996. His books include Seiji to daidokoro: Akita-ken joshi sanseiken undôshi (Politics and the kitchen: a history of the women’s suffrage movement in Akita prefecture), which received the 1986 Yamakawa Kikue Prize, and Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950. His current work engages the the historical construction of masculinities, the history of the body, and representations of monstrosity.