Senior Lecturer in History


Ph.D., Tufts University

Field of Specialty

Asian history; world history. Histories of art, architecture, technology, and material culture.

Contact Information

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.

Courses Taught

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