Elyssa Faison is L.R. Brammer Jr. Presidential Professor and Associate Professor of History at the University of Oklahoma. She received a B.A. in History and East Asian Studies from Oberlin College in 1988, and her MA (1994) and PhD (2001) in Japanese history at UCLA. She served as Interim Chair of the OU Department of Women’s and Gender Studies from 2019 to 2020.