University of Miami Professor Receives Recognition from the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals for Book on China-Japanese Relations

June Teufel Dreyer, a professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Miami College of Arts and Sciences, will be recognized by the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals for her book on Sino-Japanese relations this summer.

Dreyer, who teaches courses on China, U.S. defense policy, and international relations, will be honored at an award ceremony in Japan on July 5; the prize also includes a gift of $10,000. Since its inception in 2014, the Kokkiken Japan Study Award recognizes academics and experts for their continued studies in Japan-related fields in the areas of politics, national security, diplomacy, history, education and culture, among others.

Dr. June Dreyer, professor in the political science department, is heading to Japan in July to receive an award from the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals.
A&S Professor Dr. June Teufel Dreyer

Dreyer’s book, “Middle Kingdom & Empire of Rising Sun: Sino-Japanese Relations, Past and Present,” details the resentful, troublesome, and at times, dangerous relationship between China and Japan from as early as 7th century AD. It also illustrates the centuries of Sino-Japanese relations and emphasizes how Japan and China took turns dominating, and on occasion, learning from the other.

Although an expert in China relations, Dreyer lived in Japan for one year and during her spare time, studied Japanese history and politics.

According to a letter from the Institute, Dreyer was recommended for the award from Professor Emeritus Sukehiro Hirakawa of the University of Tokyo and Vice-Chairman of the Japan Institute Tadae Takubo, who is also Professor Emeritus of Kyorin University. Takubo met Dreyer last year in Taipei as a member of an international monitoring team for the presidential election of Taiwan.

Later this month, Dreyer will speak in Washington, D.C. at the 10th Annual Center for a New American Security Conference. She will join a panel discussion with renowned historians to address the risk of rivalry and conflict in Asia based on historical power, competition, internal drivers, and miscalculation.  

Dreyer, who recently received the University of Miami’s faculty senate award as Distinguished Research Professor, was the former senior Far East specialist at the Library of Congress. She has also served as Asia policy advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations and as commissioner of the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission established by the U.S. Congress. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard.


June 08, 2017