Gregory Smits

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Gregory James Smits (born 1960) is an American historian, academic, writer and Japanologist. He is a professor of Japanese history at Pennsylvania State University.[1]

Early life

Smits was born in Columbia, Missouri. He earned a BA from the University of Florida in 1983. He was awarded a master's degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The University of Southern California granted his Ph.D.[1]

Select works

Smit's published writings encompass 8 works in 18 publications in 2 languages and 1,101 library holdings.[2]

  • The sages' scale in Japan: Nakae Tōju (1608-1648) and situational weighing, 1991
  • Visions of Ryukyu identity and ideology in early-modern thought and politics, 1999
  • Jahana Noboru: Ikinawan activist and scholar, 2002
  • The politics of culture in early twentieth century Okinawa, 2006
  • Economic thought in early modern Japan, 2010


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pennsylvania State University, "Gregory James Smits"; retrieved 2013-3-22.
  2. WorldCat Identities: Smits, Gregory 1960-

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