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I research the history of relations between Europe, Japan, and China in the sixteenth century. This was a dynamic era: the Age of Exploration in Europe, the period of Warring States in Japan, the Ming Dynasty in China. My current book project, Early Sino-European Relations from a Global Perspective, focuses on official diplomacy. But I am also interested in other forms of cross-cultural interaction, such as the contact between Christianity and Buddhism, or the problems of piracy and human-trafficking.


INTS 1008 Roads to Modernity: Europe 1789-1945

INTS 1020 History of Political Thought

Research Interests

History of East-West relations

History of missions

History of slavery

Maritime history

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, PhD, French, University of California at Santa Barbara

Jun 200215 Jun 2007

Award Date: 15 Jun 2007

Master, MA, French, University of California at Santa Barbara

Sept 200014 Jun 2002

Award Date: 14 Jun 2002

Bachelor, BA, Literature, University of California at San Diego

Sept 199516 Jun 2000

Award Date: 16 Jun 2000


  • World History
  • Chinese History
  • Foreign Language and Literature

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