About me

©️Susan Young

I'm Associate Professor at the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo, Japan. I specialize in cultural and business history; studies in capitalism; the long-term development of technology; and the history of the senses.


I received a BA and MA in American Studies from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a PhD in History from the Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture at the University of Delaware in 2016.​ After earning my PhD, I served as a Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow in Business History at Harvard Business School (2016–17). Before joining the University of Tokyo, I taught at the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University.

My first book, Visualizing Taste: How Business Changed the Look of What You Eat (Harvard University Press, 2019) won the 2020 Hagley Prize in Business History (Business History Conference) and the 2020 Shimizu Hiroshi Book Award (Japanese Association for American Studies).


Talk (in Japanese)

May 28, 2021

B'AI Global Forum welcome talk

2004 - 2006

University of Tokyo, MA

​American Studies

2000 - 2004

University of Tokyo, BA

​American Studies

Toppan Printing Co. (Tokyo, Japan)

Strategic Technology Department


Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies/

Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies

The University of Tokyo

Associate Professor


Harvard Business School

Harvard-Newcomen Postdoctoral Fellow


2009 - 2016

University of Delaware, MA and PhD

History; Hagley Program in the History of Capitalism, Technology, and Culture



Graduate School of Economics

Kyoto University

Senior Lecturer