Erik Esselstrom is Associate Professor of East Asian history and he has been a member of the UVM faculty since 2004. His primary interests in both research and teaching focus on modern political and cultural relations between China and Japan, and Esselstrom’s current scholarly work explores popular Japanese perceptions of Chinese society during the early postwar era. His first book, Crossing Empire's Edge: Foreign Ministry Police and Japanese Expansionism in Northeast Asia, was published in 2009 as the inaugural volume of the 'World of East Asia' series at the University of Hawai'i Press, and he has also published articles in journals such as Modern Asian Studies, Radical History Review, Intelligence and National Security and The Asia-Pacific Journal. Professor Esselstrom has worked collaboratively with Japanese, Chinese, and Korean scholars at the Institute for Research in Humanities of Kyoto University and at Waseda University in Tokyo. Most recently, he taught and conducted research as a visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Hitotsubashi University in Japan. Professor Esselstrom also currently serves as Director of UVM's Asian Studies Program.