Hello and welcome to the website of David Fedman. I teach Japanese, Korean, and global environmental history at the University of California, Irvine. My research to date has focused primarily on the environmental history and historical geography of Japanese imperialism. I'm now at work on my book manuscript, The Saw and the Seed: Forestry and the Politics of Conservation in Colonial Korea, 1895-1945, a study of the closely interlinked forest histories of the archipelago and peninsula. Additional research interests include East Asian cartography, Japanese mountaineering history, and the history of the earth sciences in Asia.
I'm also, a bit further afield, engaged in an ongoing collaborative research project with geographer Cary Karacas on the strategic bombing of Japan during World War II.
I can be reached at dfedman [at] uci.edu