Jonathan Bull


United Kingdom



Research Keywords

History: decolonisation, forced migration, settler colonialism, oral history. Memory studies: narrative, social memory formation, museums


BA: University of Oxford
MA: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
PhD: Hokkaido University


My research is about the movement of settler colonists following the collapse of the Japanese Empire. My first experience of living in Japan was as an Assistant English Teacher on the JET Program. Based in Esashi, a fishing town of about 8000 people on the Okhotsk Sea coast in northern Hokkaido, I met several of local residents who told me about their experiences of leaving Karafuto (present-day southern Sakhalin) as the USSR attacked in the last days of the Second World War. What they told me captured my interest and later became part of my doctoral research. In my post-doctoral research I have started to compare cases of forced migration in Northeast Asia with other parts of the world, in particular in Europe after 1945.

As a teacher I encourage active learning through class discussion, group work and independent study. I look forward to meeting you!

Classes Taught on MJSP

Japanese History I, Introduction to Japanese Studies (History), Introduction to Japanese Studies (Culture), 実践日本語 IA

Selected Publications

Journal articles

  • Jonathan Bull, ‘Karafuto repatriates and the work of the Hakodate Regional Repatriation Centre, 1945-50’, Journal of Contemporary History, (2018).
  • Jonathan Bull, ‘Border Tourism and modes of commemoration’, Kyushu University Border Studies Border Bites, Vol. 10 (2018): 1-10.
  • Jonathan Bull,「『樺太引揚者』像の創出」、『北海道・東北研究』、第 9 号、24-45 頁、2014。

Book chapters

  • Taisho Nakayama, Manabu Takeno, Yumi Kimura, Jonathan Bull and Svetlana Paichadze, ‘The 41st Seminar of the Association for the Study of Sakhalin/Karafuto History: Accomplishments and Problems of Historical Studies of Postwar (Sengo) Karafuto’, Hokkaidō/Tōhoku shi kenkyū 11 (2018): 108-119. Akihiro Iwashita and Jonathan Bull (eds.) Positioning Asia and Kyushu in Shifting Global Politics, Slavic Eurasia Papers No. 9, Sapporo: Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, 2017.
  • Jonathan Bull, ‘Occupation-era Hokkaido and the emergence of the Karafuto repatriate: the role of repatriate leaders’ in S. Paichadze and P. Seaton (eds.), Voices from the Shifting Russo-Japanese Border: Karafuto/Sakhalin, London: Routledge, 63-79, 2015.
  • Jonathan Bull, ‘Ōhashi Kazuyoshi and the Transition of Karafuto into Sakhalin’, in S. Sevastianov, P. Richardson and A. Kireev (eds.) Borders and transborder processes in Eurasia, Vladivostok: Far Eastern Federal University Press, 141-157, 2013.