Aaron Peters

PhD Program


Fields of Study


My dissertation research focuses on the historical relationship between Japan and South Asia from 1915 to 1952. Bringing postcolonial theory together with critical studies on Japanese and British imperialism, my project situates the exchanges and encounters which occurred in this period between various individuals and groups in Japan, South Asia, and the Indian diaspora in East and Southeast Asia in the context of global empire and anti-colonial nationalism. I interrogate the discourse of Pan-Asianism and how invocations of Asian solidarity based on a culturalist vision of an “authentic” Asia produced complicities between Japanese imperial articulations of an empire of client-states, evident in the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere ideal, and the national/transnational imaginings of Indian anti-colonial activists based in Japan and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.


"Comparisons and Deflections: Indian Nationalists in the Political Economy of Japanese Imperialism, 1931-1938." Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, Volume 8, Number 2: Beyond Comparison: Japan and Its Colonial Empire in Transimperial Relations (November 2019): 548-587.


MA, York University
BA, Tyndale University College