Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute
Modern Japanese history, modern and late imperial Chinese history, Japanese imperialism, colonial Taiwan, Japanese intellectual history, legal history, international and global history
James Gerien-Chen is a historian of modern Japan. At WEAI, he will be revising his dissertation as a monograph, which examines the Japanese in Taiwan and China through the perspectives of migration, borderlands, and law. He is also working on two shorter projects: one on the Japanese codification of “customary law” in colonial Taiwan and one that uses digital mapping tools to explore the spatial dimensions of sovereignty in treaty-port China. He will be teaching two seminars in the 2019-20 academic year: “Japanese Imperialism in East Asia” and “Transpacific Empires: Migration and Imperialism in the Making of the Modern World.” He received his PhD in History from Columbia in 2019.