Christina Ghanbarpour

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History Instructor
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Saddleback College

About Me 

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

Hello, and welcome to my profile page! 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 1800 (Humanities 21, History 40).

Starting in F'21, a new course I developed, History 78: History of Japan will debut online at Saddleback College. This class covers Japanese history from prehistory to the 21st century, and will discuss topics such as rice agriculture, the Tale of Genji, Buddhism, Shintô, samurai rule, geisha and the floating world (ukiyoe), World War II, art, manga, anime, the tea ceremony and AI (artificial intelligence). 

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 this blog article on accessibility in online education for faculty, which was published on the American Historical Association (AHA) website. I am currently preparing my book manuscript, Changing Traditions: The Role of Rural Women in Creating Japan’s Modernity, for publication.  See my full curriculum vitae (CV) for more details or contact me using the form on this webpage. 

New and Entering Students

If you are in one of my online classes, you can expect an email (that will probably be sent to your email address - check this account through MySite) two weeks before classes start and then again during the week before classes start. The email will contain instructions to access our syllabus and course website. All emails will be posted in Announcements on our class website on Canvas, so check there to see if you missed anything. 

All of my classes use open-source resources with zero textbook cost (ZTC); materials will be online on our class webpage in Canvas or will be linked to online resources in the Saddleback Library. You can start an assignment as soon as the class webpage is open; just make sure to respond to other students' posts before the stated deadlines- check pp. 4-5 of the syllabus for your class. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Looking forward to seeing you all in my classes!