Masato Hasegawa’s research centers on the question of how individual lives intersected larger historical forces in borderlands in early modern East Asia.
He received his Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2013 and previously taught at the University of Oregon. His dissertation, “Provisions and Profits in a Wartime Borderland: Supply Lines and Society in the Border Region between China and Korea, 1592-1644,” examined the impact of cross-border wars on local society in the Chinese-Korean borderland during China’s political transition from the Ming to the Qing dynasty. Focusing on the wartime procurement and transport of provisions across the Chinese-Korean borders, it analyzed the manner in which the logistics of cross-border military campaigns profoundly affected and disrupted the lives of individuals and the region’s agricultural cycle. He is currently revising his dissertation for publication and preparing a new project on the cross-border movement of merchants and contraband across the Chinese-Korean borders in the second half of the seventeenth century.