Nadia Kanagawa was born in San Diego, CA and raised in St. Louis, MO.
She graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in history, and then
traveled to Yokohama, Japan to join the Inter-University Center for
Japanese Language Studies’ 10-month training program. After completing
the IUC program, she joined Google's Tokyo office where she spent three
years before returning to the U.S. and to academia. She comes to Furman
from the University of Southern California, where she specialized in
premodern Japanese history. She received a Japan Foundation dissertation
grant to spend a year in Japan completing her dissertation research.
Her work examines how the seventh- through ninth-century Japanese realm
approached the incorporation, assimilation and configuration of
immigrants and their descendants.