Professor Lind on Manchukuo

The expertise of Jennifer Lind, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth, have been in great demand in recent months.

The expertise of Jennifer Lind, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth, has been in great demand in recent months.

The Wall Street Journal has put together a 12-minute retrospective on the Japanese occupation of Manchuria during the Second World War and how its legacies continue to plague East Asian relations today. One of the key contributors to the project is Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth, Jennifer Lind. Throughout the film, she provides commentary on the historical context for the conflict and how its brutality has inflamed political tensions between Beijing and Tokyo in recent years.

Such an appearance on the national stage is nothing new for Professor Lind. Since joining Dartmouth’s faculty in 2005, she has authored several dozen articles for major news outlets and has had her opinions featured in the likes of The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Most recently, she has written a number of pieces on Japanese government, U.S. foreign policy, and the complications that a more assertive China may pose to power dynamics in the eastern Pacific.

Given this activity, it would appear that Professor Lind is quickly becoming one of the nation’s go-to authorities on issues related to East Asian foreign policy. In this role, she is following in the footsteps of faculty members like Dirk Vandewalle, whose expertise on Libya was frequently sought during that country’s recent Civil War, and Danny Blanchflower, whose commentary on labor trends and jobs reports is often found beneath major financial headlines. As China’s rise fuels a greater focus on the Asia-Pacific, expect to see Professor Lind more and more as her expert opinions help Americans make sense of the latest foreign policy issues while expanding Dartmouth’s national profile for all of the right reasons.

You can see Professor Lind’s appearance in The Wall Street Journal video here.


  • Jones Beach Mike

    “on the Japanese occupation of Manchuria during WW2” conveys a wrong impression to the impressionable. The Japanese had been active in Manchuria since the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5, and also in Korea and Taiwan. If America had been actively involved developing a country (or ‘nation-building’) for 30 years (such as the Philippines), it would not consider itself to be an “occupier”.
    Westerners have no conception about how hard the Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and other ethnic groups worked to build Manchuria.
    Read more about Manchuria (the Japanese Camelot) at this site: