Getting to know… Tomoko Shiroyama


A new series introducing the Visiting Scholars & Fellows in residence at HYI this year

Tomoko Shiroyama (Research Fellow, Toyo Bunko, and Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo)
HYI-Radcliffe Institute Joint Fellowship recipient, 2022-23
“The Port of Shanghai and Modern China: Environment and Political Economy of the Waters, 1870–1937”

What got you interested in your research topic/field?

The map of seasonal rainfall and hydrosphere in Asia. Although monsoon in Asia is a commonly used term, its visualization urged me to explore the environment and living there from a historical perspective.

Map credits:
Landscape: Natural Earth,
Precipitation: WorldClim,
Hydrosphere: Esri, DeLorme Publishing Company, World Water Bodies, and World Linear Water,

Outside of work, where can we find you? 

I frequently go to New Deal Fish Market in east Cambridge to buy Sushi-grade fish. Fresh fish is the key ingredient for Japanese life.

What would you want to do most as a career if you were not in academia?

I would love to be a singer, particularly that of opera! It would be nice if I could bring joy to people with my artistic performance. Unable to keep tunes, I cannot be a singer. Still, I am trying to entertain the audience with my writings and presentations.

Read Prof. Shiroyama’s bio on our website.

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