History Department
History Department

David Conrad

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Candidate
David Conrad



United States, Japan, East and Southeast Asia, international relations, agricultural history, history of science, history of film and popular culture


I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas.


University of Texas at Austin

Ph.D., History, 2016

Dissertation topic: U.S.-backed land reform in East and Southeast Asia

Advisor: Dr. Mark Metzler

Austin College, Sherman, TX

B.A., History, Asian Studies, 2006

Honors in History, Magna cum laude

Thesis: “Cooperation in Occupation: The Land Reform Program"



“The End of the War in the Pacific,” guest lecturer, US History seminar, University of Texas at Austin, 2014

“Before it is Too Late”: Land Reform in South Vietnam, 1956-1968,” panelist, Annual Meeting of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Hartford, Connecticut, 2012

“Wolf Ladejinsky and American Globalization,” invited panelist, Conference in Honor of A.G. Hopkins, University of Texas at Austin, 2011

“Robin Hood in American Cinema,” Explore UT public event, University of Texas at Austin, 2011

「テキサス州から日本へ」(“From Texas to Japan”), keynote speaker, Karakuwa International Friendship Association, Karakuwa, Miyagi-ken, Japan, 2008

“History and Culture in Rural Japan,” Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme prefectural workshop, Tomiya, Miyagi-ken, Japan, 2007



Hoover Institution Library & Archives US Scholar Research Support Grant, 2015

Graduate Research Fellowship, UT Department of History, 2013-2014 

Mitsubishi Graduate Research Fellowship, 2013-2014

L. Tuffly Ellis Best Thesis Prize for Excellence in the Study of Texas History, 2012

Graduate Fellowship, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, 2009-2014

Peter W. Grayson Award in History, Old Settlers of Grayson County, TX, 2005-2006

Academic Scholarship, Austin College, Sherman, TX, 2002-2006



Instructor, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
        United States Since 1865

Supplemental Instructor, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, 2012-2015
United States Since 1865 (Dr. Megan Seaholm)

Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin, 2010-2016
        History of Modern Science (Dr. Bruce Hunt)
        Modern World, 1000-Present (Dr. Mark Metzler and Dr. Benjamin Brower)
        United States, 1492-1865 (Dr. Matthew Tribbe)
        United States Since 1865 (Dr. Megan Seaholm)

Teaching Assistant, JET Programme, Kesennuma, Miyagi-ken, Japan, 2006-2008
        American culture and English language classes for gradeschoolers and adults




2014. “The Eclipse of the Century: Science, Money, and Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa and the American Southwest.” Journal of the Southwest 56, no. 4, 603-641.

2014. “Before It is Too Late: Land Reform in South Vietnam, 1956-1968,” Journal of American-East Asian Relations 21, no. 1, 34-57.

Book Reviews

2011. Shinohata: Portrait of a Japanese Village, by Ronald P. Dore. “Not Even Past,"

2011. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, by John Dower. “Not Even Past,”

2011. Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan, by Tsuyoshi Hasegawa. “Not Even Past,"



I spent the 2013-2014 academic year in Sendai, Japan researching my dissertation.  Before that, I lived and worked in rural northeast Japan for two years as an assistant English teacher.  I have also benefited from a study abroad program in Japan, a home stay in Tokyo, and several years of classroom instruction in Japanese language and literature, in the US and in Japan. I completed the UT History Department's language examination, which required the translation of an academic text from Japanese into English.

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