Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007
Denis Gainty received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania's Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations in 2007. His work investigates, broadly, how local experiences and realities in modern life are not only shaped by, but also inform and even construct the contexts of modern nations, nationalisms, and empires through notion of tradition and authenticity, modernity and innovation.
As a visiting lecturer from 2007-2009 at Georgia State, he taught undergraduate World History and East Asian History survey courses. As assistant professor of history, he has added upper-level and graduate courses in world history and historiography, transnational encounters, history of the body, history of martial arts, sports and leisure, and pedagogy.
He is president of the Southeast World History Association for the 2012-2014 term and serves on the editorial board of the World History Bulletin, one of two major publications of the World History Association. His first monograph, Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan (Routledge, 2013) explores the meaning of martial arts for Japanese visions of nation and state in the late Meiji era. His other publications include a chapter in The Body in Asia (Berghahn Books, 2009), two chapters in Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850 (Westview Press, 2011), translations of Japanese articles and book chapters, and two world history readers. He is currently writing a book on bluegrass music in Japan.He lives in Decatur with his wife, children, and unselfconsciously fuzzy dog.