Research focus is on the social and cultural history of Tokugawa Japan, 1600-1868 and the history of the samurai. Author of Voices of the Shogun’s Age. Contemporary Accounts of Daily Life in Tokugawa Japan, 1603-1868, (2012), which won the Association for Asian Studies’ Franklin R. Buchanan Prize for Curricular Materials and is currently working on a new book, Encyclopedia of the Samurai, under contract with the ABC-CLIO. Served as a consultant-writer for the National Geographic Museum’s “Samurai: The Warrior Transformed” exhibit. Dr. Vaporis is the 2013-2016 Presidential Research Scholar and works to increase the diversity of course offerings, education and cultural programs on campus and the number of UMBC students who study abroad.