Senior Lecturer in History
Ph.D., Tufts University
Field of Specialty
Asian history; world history. Histories of art, architecture, technology, and material culture.
Olin-Sang American Civilization Center 216
Heyward Parker James
Among the first historians in the U.S. to be purpose-trained as a globalist, I received my doctorate in Asia in World History from Tufts University in 2001. At Tufts, I studied with a variety of area studies specialists, and I acquired my methodological training through close work with two advisors, Lynda Shaffer and Patrick Manning. I have an ongoing interest in material culture, especially the history of the human built environment. In the classroom, I tend to focus on the modern history of East Asia. I am especially interested in the complex history of interactions between China, Japan, and Korea, as well as those between East Asia and the rest of the world. Related to this is my teaching focus on the global trade in commodities, technology, and ideas. I am currently teaching a course on the global history of the trade in opium and opioids.
|HIST||80a||Introduction to East Asian Civilization|
|HIST||80b||East Asia: Nineteenth Century to the Present (China and Japan)|
|HIST||176a||The Emergence of Modern Japan|
|HIST||176b||Japan and Korea in Modern World History|
|HIST||180a||The Global Opium Trade: 1755-Present|