Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty


Kazuo Yagami, Ph.D.

Program Coordinator

Associate Professor of History

Office: SSB R-209

Tel: 912-358-3232


Ph.D., Florida State University


Dr. Yagami, a native of Japan, earned his BA in English in Tokyo and his MA and Ph.D. at Florida State University. Since his graduation from Florida State University with Ph.D. in East Asian history in 2002, he has taught at University of North Florida, Florida States University, University of Northern Colorado, and is currently teaching here at Savannah States University as an associate professor. Dr. Yagami has served as a member of the editorial advisory board for Florida Conference of Historian Proceeding and currently is serving as an associate editor for the journal of Asian Culture and History.  Dr. Yagami is specialized in the fields of modern Japan and the U.S. – Japanese relationship. As his major publications, in addition to a number of articles for the journals such as the Southeast Review of Asian Studies or Virginian Review of Asian Studies, Dr. Yagami has published two books, Konoe Fumimaro and the Failure of Japan in Peace 1937-1941: A Critical Appraisal of the Three-time Prime Minister of Japan and The U.S.-Japan Trade Friction – the 1980s and the early 1990s: Japan Bashers and Their Views.  Dr. Yagami is married and has two lovely children: Michelle and Michael. He is an ardent fan for Florida State Football Team and hardly misses FSU game. He lives in Tallahassee, FL with his wife, Frances, and two children.       

Research Interests

Dr. Yagami’s research interest is modern Japan with close focus on U.S.- Japanese relationship. Currently he is working on a manuscript on the diplomatic and cultural history of the U.S. – Japanese relationship. 


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