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Junko Takeda

Junko Takeda

Contact Information:

jtakeda@syr.edu

315.443.5868

139 Eggers Hall

Junko Takeda

Professor, History Department


Chair, Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Daicoff Faculty Scholar

Courses

  • 2024 Spring
    • MAX 302 Civic Engagement Research Seminar
    • HST 496 Distinction Thesis in History
    • MAX 301 Ethics, Justice, and Citizenship
    • IRP 499 Honors Capstone Project
  • 2023 Fall
    • HST 495 Distinction Thesis in History
    • MAX 301 Ethics, Justice, and Citizenship
    • CAS 100 Selected Topics - Pandemics:Global&MentalHealth
  • 2023 Summer
    • HST 111 Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
    • HST 121 Global History to 1750
  • 2023 Spring
    • HST 313 French Revolution: Sun King to Guillotine
    • AAA/HST 300 Selected Topics - Asian American Memoirs
  • 2022 Fall
    • CAS 100 Selected Topics - Pandemics:Global&MentalHealth
    • HST 401 Senior Seminar - Hist. of Disease & Pandemic
  • 2022 Summer
    • HST 111 Early Modern Europe, 1350-1815
    • HST 121 Global History to 1750
  • 2022 Spring
    • HST 496 Distinction Thesis in History
    • HST 367 Plague to AIDS
    • HST 600 Selected Topics - France and Early Modern Empire

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., History and the Humanities, Stanford University, 2006

Bio

Junko Takeda’s research and teaching interests include the histories of early modern citizenship, globalization, revolutions, migration, displacement and disease. She has written two books, “Between Crown and Commerce: Marseille and the Early Modern Mediterranean” (Johns Hopkins, 2011), and “The Other Persian Letters: Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1808” (Liverpool University Press, Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, 2020). She is currently completing two book projects, “Avedik: Louis XIV's Armenian Prisoner: Incarceration and Disinformation in France's Early Empire," and "Maria Yamada Guyomar de Pinha: The Half-Japanese Indo-Portuguese Slave Who Sued the Compagnie des Indes." Both explore migration, dispossession, and religious and ethnic violence in the early modern world.

Beyond premodern global and connected histories, Takeda's additional interests include Asian-American history and Zainichi Korean history. Her memoir-in-progress, “Lost Voices, Secret Lives: A Japanese-Korean American Memoir,” explores inter-ethnic violence, anti-Asian racism, and her childhood experiences as a formerly undocumented immigrant.

As chair of CCE, Takeda regularly teaches MAX 301 Citizenship, Ethics, and Justice. In addition, her courses in history range from introductory courses in global and European histories to upper-division classes on the histories of disease, empire, revolution and early modern globalization. Her course HST/AAA 300 Asian American Memoirs (Spring 2023) was the first course in Asian American history offered by the History Department. 

Takeda is the recipient of the Mellon Dissertation Fellowship, the Georges Lurcy Fellowship, Society for French Historical Studies Research Award and a visiting research fellowship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. At Syracuse University, she has received the O'Hanley Faculty Scholar Award, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Research and Teaching, the Junior Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, and the Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award. She is currently the Maxwell School's inaugural Daicoff Faculty Scholar.

Areas of Expertise

Early modern European history, early modern France, Mediterranean world, early modern connected and global histories, migration, citizenship, race, history of medicine

Research Interests

Early Modern French empire, connected histories of early modernity, race-craft in early modern Europe, history of disease and medicine, Asian-American history and memoir-writing.

Selected Publications

  • Books
    • Takeda, J., The Other Persian Letters: Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1808. Liverpool University Press, 2020.
    • Takeda, J., Between Crown and Commerce: Marseille and the Early Modern Mediterranean. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011.
  • Journal Articles
    • Martin, M., Weiss, G., "The Sun King at Sea: Art and Galley Slavery in Louis XIV’s France." Takeda, J. (ed.) H-France Forum, 2023.
    • Takeda, J., Wood, L., "Archipelago of Justice: Law in France’s Early Modern Empire." H-France Forum, 2022.
    • Takeda, J., "French Mercantilism and the Early Modern Mediterranean: A Case Study of Marseille's Silk Industry." Special Issue: France and the Mediterranean, French History, 2015.
    • Takeda, J., "Global Insects: Silkworms, Sericulture, and Statecraft in Napoleonic France and Tokugawa Japan." Special Issue: Animals and French History, 2014.
    • Takeda, J., "Silk, Calico and Immigration in Marseille." Special Issue: Merkantilismus. Wiederaufnahme einer Debatte, Vierteljahrschrift für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte, 2014.
    • Takeda, J., "Levantines in Marseille: The Politics of Naturalization and Neutralization in Old Regime France, 1660 – 1720." Seventeenth-Century French Studies, 2008.
    • Takeda, J., "French Absolutism, Marseillais Civic Humanism, and the Languages of Public Good." The Historical Journal, 2006.
  • Book Chapters
    • Takeda, J., "Marseille: Between Independence and Incarceration." In Twelve Cities, One Sea: Early Modern Port Cities and their Inhabitants. Edizioni Scientifische Italiane, 2023.
    • Takeda, J., "Epidemics, Disinformation, and Financial Meltdown: Lessons from the Great Plague of Marseille of 1720." In The Marseille Mosaic. Ingram, M., Kleppinger, K. (eds.) Berghahn Books, Space and Place Series, 2022.
    • Takeda, J., "Early Modern Trade." In Cultural History of Western Empires: The Enlightenment, 1650-1800. Coller, I. (ed.) Bloomsbury, 2018.
    • Takeda, J., "L’Othoman, ou abregé des vies des empereurs turcs." In Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900. Chesworth, J., Thomas, D. (eds.) Brill, 2017.
    • Takeda, J., "Vincent de Stochove." In Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900. Chesworth, J., Thomas, D. (eds.) Brill, 2017.
    • Takeda, J., "Voyage en Egypt (1631)." In Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900. Chesworth, J., Thomas, D. (eds.) Brill, 2017.
    • Takeda, J., "‘The Princesses’ Representative’ or Renegade Entrepreneur?: Marie Petit, the Silk Trade and Franco-Persian Diplomacy." In Queenship and Power: Colonization, Piracy and Trade in Early Modern Europe. Paranque, E., Pobrasco, N. and Jowitt, C. (eds.) Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.
  • Book Reviews
    • Takeda, J., Mokhberi, S., "The Persian Mirror: French Reflections of the Safavid Empire in Early Modern France." H_France Review.
    • Takeda, J., Coller, I., "Muslims and Citizens: Islam, Politics, and the French Revolution." The Journal of Modern History, 2021.
    • Takeda, J., Gottman, F., "Global Trade, Smuggling, and the Making of Economic Liberalism: Asian Textiles in France 1680-1760." American Historical Review, 2017.
    • Takeda, J., "Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and its Empire." Stern, P. J., Wennerlind, C. (eds.) History: Review of New Books, 2015.
    • Takeda, J., Weiss, G., "Captives and Corsairs: France and Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean." American Historical Review, 2012.
    • Takeda, J., Cheney, P., "Revolutionary Commerce: Globalization and the French Monarchy." Review for Journal of World History, 2012.
    • Takeda, J., "Représentation et pouvoir: La politique symbolique en France (1789-1830)." Scholz, N., Schröer, C. (eds.) Review for French History, 2009.
  • Encyclopedia Entries
    • Takeda, J., "Danton." In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Blackwell Publishing, 2009.
    • Takeda, J., "Marat." In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Blackwell Publishing, 2009.
    • Takeda, J., "Mirabeau." In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Blackwell Publishing, 2009.
    • Takeda, J., "Sieyes." In International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Blackwell Publishing, 2009.

Presentations and Events

Thursday Night Club, SUNY Upstate, "Interracial, Inter-ethnic Connections: Western Kyushu and its Global Pasts" (December 7, 2023)

Premodern Global Studies Lightning Talk, Premodern Global Studies, "Becoming Madame Constance: An Indo-Portuguese Japanese Kitchen Slave who Sued the Compagnie des Indes" (December 1, 2023)

Pro-Seminar, Dr. Sascha Scott, Art History, "Asian American History and Art: Some Reflections" (October 30, 2023)

Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, Sixteenth Century Studies, "French Imperial Failures in Siam and Persia: Asian Revolutions in the Age of Revolutions" (October 28, 2023)

When Stripes Collide, "When Stripes Collide: Korean Identity, Diversity, Intersectionality" (October 18, 2023)

Cornell University Migrations Summer Pathways, Cornell University, "Lost Voices, Secret Lives: A Japanese Korean American Memoir" (June 16, 2023)

The Plague of Provence, H-France Salon, "The Plague of Provence" (June 9, 2023)

Persians, Turks and the French, Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, "The Other Persian Letters: Iran and a French Empire of Trade" (April 28, 2023)

Duke University Triangle Intellectual History Seminar, Duke University, "Avétik, Louis XIV's Armenian Prisoner: Narratives of Confessional Conflict, Captivity, and Conversion in the Early Modern Mediterranean"" (January 22, 2023)

Early Modern Connected Histories, Syracuse University, "Staging Anti-Asian Violence in Louis XIV’s France: Armenians, Orientalism, and Early Modern Empire" (October 20, 2022)

MIT, "Armenians and Anti-Asian Violence in Early Modernity: Erased Histories of Religious and Ethnic Minorities" (October 12, 2022)

MIT Global France Seminar, MIT, "Avedik, Louis XIV’s Armenian Prisoner: Confessional Conflicts, Involuntary Movement, and Incarceration in the Early Modern Mediterranean" (October 12, 2022)

Lemoyne College, "Between Statelessness and Citizenship: A Memoir of a Korean-Japanese immigrant family" (April, 2022)

Newhouse School, Syracuse University, "My Journey through Academia as an Asian-American Woman, Formerly Undocumented Immigrant, and First Generation-College Student: Some Thoughts on DEIA" (April, 2022)

Visions of Empire: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable, ASECS Society for 18th-Century Studies, "Avedik, Louis XIV’s Armenian Prisoner: Global Microhistory, Empire and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Age of Enlightenment" (March 31, 2022)

Presidential Roundtable: Muslims in France Across Time and Space, FHS French Historical Studies Conference, "Persia and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1808" (March 24, 2022)

Visions of Empire: An Interdisciplinary Round-table, ASECS Baltimore, American Society for 18th-Century Studies, "Global Microhistory, Critical Race Theory, and Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Age of Enlightenment" (March, 2022)

Interdisciplinary Renaissance and Early Modern Seminar, University of Leeds, "Avedik, Louis XIV’s Armenian Prisoner: Incarceration, Conversion, and Contests over Sacred Space in the Early Modern Mediterranean" (February 15, 2022)

Book Launch, "The Sun King at Sea: Maritime Art and Galley Slavery in Louis XIV’s France" (February 15, 2022)

Untold Stories of the PWI (Primarily White Institution): Let’s Talk About It, ASIA (Asian Students in America), Syracuse University and SUNY ESF, "Asian in America: An Inter-generational Autobiography" (November 12, 2021)

lecture for affinity groups, Syracuse University, "Becoming a Professor as an Asian-American Woman, Formerly Undocumented Immigrant, and First-generation College Student" (October 28, 2021)

Podcast for IthacaBound , "Marseille: Between France and the Mediterranean" (October 15, 2021)

Graduate Seminar, HIST 501 “Graduate Study in History, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), "Global Microhistory and the Age of Revolutions: Iran and a French Empire of Trade" (October 6, 2021)

Zoomcast for Prof. Gosia Fidelis, Graduate Seminar, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), "Global Microhistory and the Age of Revolutions: Reflections of a Formerly Undocumented Immigrant on Inclusivity in Historical Methodologies" (October 6, 2021)

Lichtenberg- Kolleg Gottingen Institute for Advanced Study Enlightenment Reading Group, "Jean-François Rousseau and a French Revolution in India" (July 1, 2021)

Duke University Faculty- Student Task Force for the Teaching and Study of Race, "Becoming an Early-Modern Europeanist as an Asian American Woman and Formerly Undocumented Immigrant" (April 27, 2021)

Women’s Action Group WAGS, "Women’s History Month Fireside Chat: A Seat at the Table for Women, Girls, and Movements of Color" (April 21, 2021)

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, "Conversation on Anti-Asian and anti-AAPI Violence" (March 18, 2021)

HST 803 Methodology, Syracuse University , "Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1800" (March 3, 2021)

Panic and Plague in 1720 and 2020,, University of Minnesota Center for Early Modern History, "The Great Plague of Marseille: Epidemics and Globalization in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution" (November 6, 2020)

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the COVID-19 Crisis, Syracuse University, "From the Great Plague of Marseille to Covid-19: A Comparative Study" (October 16, 2020)

Graduate Seminar, HST 511 “Graduate Colloquium on Modern Europe, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), "Rethinking the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution: Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1810" (September 9, 2020)

CAS 200 “Sex and Power Before 1700, Syracuse University, "Renegadism in the Early Modern Mediterranean" (April, 2020)

French Colonial History Conference, Montreal, "Jean-François, the Other Rousseau: The Consul of Baghdad and French Expansion in the Persian Gulf, 1756-1808" (June 12, 2019 - June 14, 2019)

Department of History, Penn State University, State College, "The Other Persian Letters: Re-Orienting the Enlightenment and French Revolution" (March 26, 2019)

Stanford Humanities Center French Culture Workshop, "Persian Civil Wars and the Asian Origins of the French Revolution" (February 13, 2019 - February 14, 2019)

Previous Teaching Appointments

Syracuse University 2006-Present

Honors and Accolades

Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, SU Graduate School (April, 2023 - April, 2023)

2008-2009 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Syracuse University (March, 2009)