Herbert P. Bix (born 1938) is an American historian. He wrote Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, an acclaimed account of the Japanese Emperor and the events which shaped modern Japanese imperialism, which won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 2001.
Bix was born in Boston and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He earned the Ph.D. in history and Far Eastern languages from Harvard University. He was a founding member of the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars. For several decades, he has written about modern and contemporary Japanese history in the United States and Japan.
He has taught at many universities, including Hosei University in Japan as of 1986 and 1990 and Hitotsubashi University as of 2001. As of 2013 he is Professor Emeritus in History and Sociology at Binghamton University.
- Peasant Protest in Japan, 1590-1884. New Haven Conn.: Yale University Press, 1986.
- "Hiroshima in History and Memory: A Symposium, Japan's Delayed Surrender: A Reinterpretation." Diplomatic History 19, no. 2 (1995): 197-225.