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James Fujitani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3780
James Fujitani, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. His main research interest focuses on the shifting representation of animals in the sixteenth century. Additionally, Fujitani is working on a further project concerning the humanist practice of philosophical poetry in the Renaissance.


Ph.D. - University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007
M.A. - University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002
B.A. - University of California, San Diego, 2000


  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Modern Languages


  • Animal Studies
  • French Literature
  • Renaissance Cultural Studies

Courses Taught

FREN 102 – Elementary French II
FREN 201 – Intermediate French I
FREN 202 – Intermediate French II
FREN 101 – Elementary French I

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

Fujitani, James. "Musa Coelo Beat: The Religious Basis of Du Bellay 2019s Low Style," presented at the 60th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, University of Kentucky, Lexington, 2007

Fujitani, James. "Hierarchy and Humility: the Orthodoxy of Montaigne’s Animal Praise," presented at the colloquium of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Toronto, 2007

Fujitani, James. "Chaos and Dominion: Du Plessis-Mornay and the Poetics of the Renaissance Apology," presented at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 2005

Fujitani, James. Review of L'Écrivain et ses institutions, Volume rrealise sous la direction scientifique de Roger Marchal. In Bibliotheque d'Humanisme et Renaissancee. Tome 69, No. 2 (2007): 513-514.

Fujitani, James. Review of Bibliographie du voyage français en Italie du Moyen Age à 1914. In The Romanic Review edited by Vito Catiglione Minischtti, Giovanni Dotoli, and Roger Musnik, Vol. 94, 1-2, (2002): 245.

Professional Involvement and Accomplishments

Associations, Boards, Committees
Modern Language Society
Renaissance Society of America
American Comparative Literature Association

Office Location

Faculty Quad, Room 5, East Campus