History Department

 William D. Hoover

Head shot of William HooverWilliam D. Hoover, Professor Emeritus,  earned both his M.A. in Japanese Studies and his Ph.D. in East Asian History at the University of Michigan. Joining the History Department at The University of Toledo in 1968, he rose through the ranks to full professor, eventually chairing the department for fifteen years (1979-94). His teaching specialties are nineteenth and twentieth century Japan and China.

Funded by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation, the East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University has four times (2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007) invited Dr. Hoover to offer a special East Asian Seminar for local teachers. Dr. Hoover won Master Teacher Awards in 1997-99 and 1999-2001. He presently serves as chairman of the local Toledo-Toyohashi Sister City Committee.

Contact Information:

Office:  Tucker Hall 2132
Phone: (419) 530-4536
Email:  william.hoover@utoledo.edu


Dr. Hoover has published articles on several nineteenth century entrepreneurs, including Godai Tomoatsu, Shibusawa Eiichi, and Furukawa Ichibei. He served as the East Asian editor for Bibliographical Dictionary of Modern Peace Leaders (Greenwood Press, 1985) and co-edited Give Peace a Chance: Exploring the Vietnam Antiwar Movement (Syracuse University Press, 1992). The recipient of several fellowships, including a Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship (1977-78) and a Japan Foundation Research Fellowship (1995-96), Dr. Hoover has spent six years studying and researching in Japan. His research interests include prewar Japanese internationalism and pacifism, the journalist-publicist Kawakami Kiyoshi, and postwar Japanese historiography. Dr. Hoover is working on book manuscripts on Kawakami Kiyoshi: Interpreter of Japanese-American Relations and on a Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan (Scarecrow Press). He has presented numerous papers at international, national, and regional conferences. He also served on the Executive Committee of the Midwest Japan Seminar (2000-03).

Last Updated: 6/23/21