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Constantine Nomikos Vaporis

Constantine N. Vaporis, Professor of History (Ph.D. Princeton University)

Constantine Vaporis teaches Japanese and East Asian History at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He has received numerous fellowships for research in Japanese history including a Fulbright Scholar’s Award and an NEH Fellowship for College Teachers. He is the author of Breaking Barriers: Travel and the State in Early Modern Japan; Tour of Duty: Samurai, Military Service in Edo and the Culture of Early Modern Japan; Nihonjin to sankin kôtai [The Japanese and Alternate Attendance]; Voices of Early Modern Japan. Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life during the Age of the Shoguns; and The Samurai Encyclopedia. A Comprehensive Guide to Japan's Elite Warrior Class; and the forthcoming The Samurai in Twelve Lives. He also teaches courses on Japan, East Asia and Asia-Pacific for various government agencies.

Vaporis was awarded the 2013-2016 UMBC Presidential Research Professorship, 2023-24 Lipitz Research Professorship; and selected for the ASIANetwork Speakers Bureau for two two-year periods, 2016-20.


  • –present
    Director, Asian Studies Program; Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


  • 1987 
    Princeton University, Ph.D. East Asian Studies (History)