Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Fall 2023 Class Hours
Mon / Thu – 2:35 pm to 3:50 pm
Fall 2023 Office Hours
And By Appointment
M.A. University of California, Santa Barbara (2010)
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2016)
HIST 315 / ASIA 315 LECMinorities and the State in Modern East Asia (not offered 2023/24)
HIST 316 / ASIA 318 LECA History of the Samurai (not offered 2023/24)
HIST 317 / ASIA 310 LECEveryday Modernity in Japan (not offered 2023/24)
Viktor Shmagin is a historian of modern and early modern Japan, specializing in Japan’s foreign relations with Russia and Japanese colonialism. He was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, in the Former USSR and emigrated to the USA as a child. He has also spent five years living in Japan, where he taught English and conducted historical research. He received his BA from Oberlin College, and his MA and PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara. Before coming to Williams, he taught at Fort Lewis and Colby Colleges, teaching global, East Asian, and Japanese history. He is currently adapting his dissertation, Diplomacy and Force, Borders and Borderlands: Japan-Russia Relations in the Transformation of Japanese Political Culture in the Edo and Early Meiji Periods into a book manuscript. Viktor has published his research in venues such as The International History Review, The Journal of Japanese Studies, and most recently Education About Asia. He has also received several fellowships to support his research and teaching, including a Fulbright IIE grant to conduct research at the Historiographical Institute of the University of Tokyo. In his spare time he enjoys amateur astronomy, cross-country skiing, board games and spending time with family and friends.
Japan (modern and early modern)
“The Imperial Peace of 1813: The Golovnin Incident and Russian Recognition of Tokugawa Authority in Ezo.” Journal of Japanese Studies 48-1 (Winter 2022): 63-92.
“Japan Meets Russia,” Education About Asia 27-1 (Spring 2022): 28-34.
“They Fear Us, yet Cling to Us: Russian Negotiations with Tsushima Domain Officials during the 1861 Tsushima Incident.” International History Review 39-3 (2017): 521-545. [Published initially in online format, August 31, 2016]