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Joshua A. Fogel

After graduating from Berkeley High School in 1968 – during the tumultuous days associated with that place and time – Joshua A. Fogel entered the University of Chicago where he majored in Chinese history. Upon graduation in 1972, he proceeded to Columbia University where he received a Masters in History in 1973, an East Asian Institute Certificate in 1975, and his Ph.D. in History in 1980.

After one year as a Mellon Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Columbia, he began teaching as an assistant professor at Harvard University in the fall of 1981. He was promoted to associate professor in 1985 and moved on to the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989. In 2005 he moved to York University in Toronto where he is Canada Research Chair and professor of history. Academic year 1996-97 he spent as a visiting professor at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, Kyoto University, where he ran his own research group or kenkyūkai.  He served as Visiting Mellon Professor in East Asian Studies at the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, 2001-2003.

His publications have been largely devoted to Sino-Japanese cultural relations. He has six single-author books: Articulating the Sinosphere: Sino-Japanese Relations in Space and Time (Harvard University Press, 2009);  The Literature of Travel in the Japanese Rediscovery of China, 1862-1945 (Stanford University Press, 1996); The Cultural Dimension of Sino-Japanese Relations: Essays on the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (M. E. Sharpe, 1994); Nakae Ushikichi in China: The Mourning of Spirit (Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1989) which was translated into Japanese by Sakatani Yoshinao as Nakae Ushikichi to Chūgoku, ichi hyūmanisuto no sei to gakumon (Nakae Ushikichi and China: The Life and Scholarship of a Humanist) (Iwanami shoten,1992) and is presently being translated into Chinese; Ai Ssu-ch'i's Contribution to the Development of Chinese Marxism (Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1987); and Politics and Sinology: The Case of Naitō Konan (1866-1934) (Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1984) which was translated into Japanese by Inoue Hiromasa as Naitō Konan, poritikkusu to shinorojii (Naitō Konan, Politics and Sinology) (Heibonsha, 1989).

Joshua A. FogelHe has also published sixteen edited volumes: Writing Histories in Japan: Texts and Their Transformations from Ancient Times through the Meiji Era (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2007); Crossing the Yellow Sea: Sino-Japanese Cultural Contacts, 1600-1950 (EastBridge); Traditions of East Asian Travel (Berghahn Books, 2006); The Teleology of the Modern Nation-State: Japan and China (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); The Role of Japan in Liang Qichao’s Introduction of Modern Western Civilization to China (Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2004); Late Qing China and Meiji Japan: Political and Cultural Aspects of Their Interactions (EastBridge, 2004); Historiography and Japanese Consciousness of Values and Norms (International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2002); Sagacious Monks and Bloodthirsty Warriors: Chinese Views of Japan in the Ming-Qing Period (East Bridge, 2002); The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography (University of California Press); Imagining the People: Chinese Intellectuals and the Concept of Citizenship, 1890-1920 (M. E. Sharpe, 1997); Japanese Travelogues of China in the 1920s: The Accounts of Akutagawa Ryōnosuke and Tanizaki Jun'ichirō (M. E. Sharpe, 1997); Meeting of Minds: Intellectual and Religious Interaction in East Asian Traditions of Thought (Columbia University Press, 1996); Encyclopedia of World History (Houghton Mifflin); Chinese Women in a Century of Revolution, 1850-1950, by Ono Kazuko (Stanford University Press, 1989); Perspectives on a Changing China: Essays in Honor of Professor C. Martin Wilbur on the Occasion of His Retirement (Westview, 1979); and JAPAN 1979: A New York Times Survey (Arno Press, 1979).

He also has published fourteen volumes of translation: The Blue Wolf: A Novel of the Life of Chinggis Khan, by Inoue Kiyoshi (Columbia University Press, 2008); Chronicle of the Tatar Whirlwind: A Novel of Seventeenth-Century East Asia, by Shiba Ryōtarō (Floating World Editions); Manchuria under Japanese Dominion, by Yamamuro Shin’ichi (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006);  Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia, by Yosano Akiko (Columbia University Press); The Taiping Rebellion, by Chin Shunshin (M. E. Sharpe); Japan and China: Mutual Representations in the Modern Era, by Masuda Wataru (Curzon Press, Ltd.); Pioneer of the Chinese Revolution: Zhang Binglin and Confucianism, by Shimada Kenji (Stanford University Press, 1990); Recent Japanese Studies of Modern Chinese History (II) (M. E. Sharpe, 1989); Life Along the South Manchurian Railway: The Memoirs of Itō Takeo (M. E. Sharpe, 1988); Murder in a Peking Studio, by Chin Shunshin (Arizona State University Press, 1986); Medieval Chinese Society and the Local "Community", by Tanigawa Michio (University of California Press, 1985); Recent Japanese Studies of Modern Chinese History (M. E. Sharpe, 1984); Naitō Konan and the Development of the Conception of Modernity in Chinese History (M. E. Sharpe, 1983); and Bilingualism in the History of Jewish Literature, by Shmuel Niger (University Press of America, 1990). All but the last were translated from Japanese; the last was translated from Yiddish.

He has also published numerous articles, article-length translations, and book reviews.

His present research interests include a study of the Japanese community of Shanghai from 1862 through the end of the 19th century, a micro-study of the 1862 voyage of the Senzaimaru to Shanghai, and a comprehensive history of Sino-Japanese relations.