Department Chair

  • James C. Harrison
    Professor of History
    Kiernan Hall 228

Tim Cooper, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of History

213 Kiernan Hall
Siena College
515 Loudon Road
Loudonville, NY 12211

Phone:  (518) 782-6771

B.A. Oberlin College
M.A. University of Hawai’i, Mânoa
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Tim Cooper has been teaching the History of East Asia and the Shaping of the Contemporary World at Siena College since 2010. His research specialty is the political and social history of eighteenth-century Japan, and his teaching interests include early modern Asian history, traditional Japanese art and drama, and debunking anything Tom Cruise has ever said about the samurai.
Dr. Cooper is a native of North Carolina who graduated from Oberlin College, where he studied Theater and East Asia Studies. After teaching English and studying classical theater (noh, kyôgen, and kabuki) in Japan for seven years, he earned an M.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Hawai’i, Mânoa and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education and the Japan Foundation took him back to Japan to conduct research at Yokohama National University and Tokyo University for his M.A. and Ph.D., respectively.
Dr. Cooper is currently working on a manuscript of his dissertation, Tokugawa Yoshimune Versus Tokugawa Muneharu: Rival Visions of Benevolent Rule, which examines how changing concepts of rulership allowed the Tokugawa shogunate to survive for nearly three centuries.