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Alex Bay

I majored in Japanese history with a History of Science minor, working with Peter Duus and Tim Lenoir. My dissertation was on beriberi research and the construction of scientific knowledge in prewar Japan. After graduating in 2006, I began teaching at Chapman University, a small school in Orange County. During the 2008-2009 academic year, I pursued a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science post-doctoral fellowship, living in a rural, costal town several hours south of Tokyo. The picture provided is a bit of the cultural activities I was involved in when not writing my book, The Beriberi Debate: Medicine and Power in Prewar Japan.