Christina Ghanbarpour

Christina Ghanbarpour

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School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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I joined the Social Sciences division of Saddleback College in January 2012. Prior to this, I taught at Santa Monica College, Chapman University, Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku) in Tokyo, Japan, and at the University of California, Irvine. I specialize in East Asian history with a focus on 20th century Japan. At Saddleback, I teach the world history survey and East Asian history series (History 4, 5, 70, 71, 72 and 78). At Irvine Valley College, I teach Introduction to Asian Religions and History of Asia before/since 1800 (Humanities 21, History 40, History 41).

Formal Education

  • Ph.D. History, University of California, Irvine, 2011
  • M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2003 
  • B.A. East Asian Studies/French minor, Barnard College, 1999

Recent Publications/Presentations

My publications include “Home Education in Rural Japan: Continuity and Change from Late Edo to the Early Postwar,” published in the U.S.-Japan Women’s Journal (2011), “Legacy of a Minority Religion: Christians and Christianity in Japan” for the multi-volume reference work, The Changing World Religion Map: Sacred Places, Identities, Practices and Politics (2014), as well as a chapter (2022) and a blog article (2020) on accessibility in online education. I am currently preparing my book manuscript, Changing Traditions: The Role of Rural Women in Creating Japan’s Modernity, for publication.


  • American Historical Association (AHA)
  • Association for Asian Studies (AAS)