Rotem Kowner is professor of Japanese history and culture at the Department of Asian Studies, the University of Haifa. His educational background includes studies at the Hebrew University, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and Stanford University.
His research interests focus on wartime behavior and attitudes in modern Japan, race and racism in East Asia, psychological aspects of intercultural encounters, East Asian Jewish communities, learning methods of Japanese scripts, etc. His books include The Forgotten Campaign (2005), Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War (2006), The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War (editor, 2007), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia (2 vols., co-editor with Walter Demel, 2013-15), and From White to Yellow (2014). Professor Kowner has received numerous fellowships, prizes, and research grants. A co-founded of the Israeli Association of Japanese Studies (IAJS), the Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel and the inter-university graduate program 'The Asian Sphere', he serves on the editorial board of several academic journals. Currently he is the director of the liberal arts program at the University of Haifa and member of the university’s Senate