Kim Brandt joined the Columbia faculty in 2007. She specializes in twentieth-century Japanese cultural and social history, and her research interests include consumerism, imperialism, and transnational forms of cultural production. Publications include Kingdom of Beauty: Mingei and the Politics of Folk Art in Imperial Japan (Duke University Press, 2007). Brandt’s current research, a book project, deals with the cultural dimensions of Japan’s international rehabilitation after World War II. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia (1996).