Daniel Botsman is Associate Professor of History at Harvard University. He was an undergraduate in the Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University and received an M.Phil. degree in Economic and Social History from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar from 1991 to 1993. Professor Botsman completed his Ph.D. at Princeton University in 2001. He has spent two years in Japan as a research fellow at the Historiographical Institute at Tokyo University and afterwards as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Hokkaido University. He is currently finishing work on a book called Punishment and Power in the Making of Modern Japan, which will be published by Princeton University Press. His next project will be about the idea of freedom and the meaning of liberation in Meiji Japan.