James Fujitani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Affiliated Faculty of East Asian History, Department of History and Political Science

Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3780
Office Location: Faculty Quad, Room 26
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James Fujitani, Ph.D., studies global history, in particular during the sixteenth century. His research topics include the Jesuit missions to Japan, trade and piracy in China, and the Renaissance in France. His current project seeks to explain the failure of the first Portuguese embassy to the Ming Empire, in 1521.


  • Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego

Academic Areas

  • Writing Program
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • Department of Modern Languages
    • Department of History and Political Science


  • Early Modern China and Japan
  • History of European Colonialism in Asia
  • History of Jesuit Missions in Asia
  • Renaissance Religion and Philosophy

Courses Taught

  • FREN 311 – History of the French-speaking World
  • FREN 101 – Elementary French I
  • HUM 322 – Core Texts in Literature
  • JAPAN 102 – Elementary Japanese II
  • WRIT 210 – Writing 2: Writing in the Humanities

Office Hours

M/F 9:10-10:10am
T 9:30-10:30am
or by appointment

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