Kristina Troost, Ph.D.
Head of International Area Studies and Japanese Studies Librarian
Kristina ("Kris") provides leadership for area studies librarianship both locally and nationally as Head of the International and Area Studies Department in Perkins Library; her work as Japanese Studies Librarian includes research consultations, library instruction, collection building and web-based guides. She also serves as Director of Graduate Studies for Duke's M.A. program in East Asian Studies . She has many professional interests, including research methods, scholarly communication, and premodern Japanese social and economic history. She is an active member of Duke’s Asian | Pacific Studies Institute and the Triangle Center for Japanese Studies as well as several professional organizations, notably the Council on East Asian Libraries, the North American Coordinating Council on Japanese Library Resources, and the Association for Asian Studies.
Prior to coming to Duke in 1990, Kris received her Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University and her B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She lived in Japan both as an undergraduate when she spent six months in Kyoto, and as a graduate student for two and one-half years in Hiroshima and Tokyo. She tries to get back to Japan every other year and to explore places that she has not previously visited.
“East Asian Collections at Duke: The Dynamics of Change,” pp. 306-319 in Peter X. Zhou ed., Collecting Asia: East Asian Libraries in North America, 1868-2008. Association for Asian Studies, 2010.
“The State of the Field of East Asian Librarianship.” Journal of East Asian Libraries, 149 (October 2009), 1-4.
"Peasants, Elites, and Villages in the Fourteenth Century," in The Origins of Japan's Medieval World: Courtiers, Clerics, Warriors and Peasants in the Fourteenth Century. Jeffrey P. Mass, editor. Stanford University Press, 1997.
Common Property and Community Formation; Self-governing Villages in Late Medieval Japan 1300-1600. Dissertation, Harvard University, 1990. Ann Arbor: ProQuest/UMI, 1990 (Publication no. 9113252).