Rustin Gates

Associate Professor

Bradley Hall 327
(309) 677-4872

Ph.D., History and East Asian Languages, Harvard University
M.A., Regional Studies – East Asia, Harvard University
B.A., History, Occidental College


Rustin Gates came to Bradley in the fall of 2007 after receiving his Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University in Modern Japanese History. His specialty is the history of Japanese international relations, and his research examines the career of five-time foreign minister Uchida Yasuya in an effort to better understand Japan’s decision to run headlong into war. He has lived in Japan on several occasions for extended periods of time. During his time in Japan (in places from Tokyo to Kobe), Rustin has studied, researched, and worked a variety of jobs. Originally from Oregon, Rustin attended Occidental College in Los Angeles.


  • HIS 107 Modern Japan, 1860 to the Present
  • HIS 314 Japan and World War II
  • HIS 334 Modern China: Revolutions
  • HIS 334 Samurai in Japanese History
  • HIS 452 Area Studies Senior Research Seminar: The Cold War in Asia


  • “Meiji Diplomacy in the Early 1930s: Uchida Yasuya, Manchuria, and Post-Withdrawal Foreign Policy” in Tumultuous Decade: Japan’s Challenge to the International System, 1931–1941, ed. Masato Kimura and Tosh Minohara (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming 2011).
  • “Pan-Asianism in Prewar Japanese Foreign Affairs: The Curious Case of Uchida Yasuya,” Journal of Japanese Studies Vol. 37, No. 1 (Winter, 2011), 1–27.
  • “‘Problematic’ Foreign Policies: How the United States Came to Resemble Imperial Japan,” Shingetsu Electronic Journal of Japanese-Islamic Relations Vol. 6 (September, 2009), 20–31.
  • Review of Urs Matthias Zachmann, China and Japan in the Late Meiji Period: China Policy and the Japanese Discourse on National Identity, 1895–1904 in Pacific Affairs Vol. 83, No. 3 (September, 2010), 618–620.
  • Review of Erik Esselstrom, Crossing Empire's Edge: Foreign Ministry Police and Japanese Expansionism in Northeast Asia in Journal of Asian Studies Vol. 69, No. 1 (February, 2010), 251–253.


  • Journal Referee, Diplomacy and Statecraft, 2011
  • Asian Studies Program Committee Member, Bradley University, 2008–present
  • Transfer Student Advisor, History Department, Bradley University, 2008–present