Associate Professor, History
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2006
Early modern European history, modern European history, France, Mediterranean, economic globalization, history of science and medicine
Junko Takeda’s current research and teaching interests include
the histories of early modern
globalization, state-building and revolutions, migration, medicine and disease.
Her first book, Between Crown and Commerce: Marseille and the Early
Modern Mediterranean (Johns Hopkins, 2011), explored the political
tradition of civic republicanism in the context of French trade with the
Ottoman Empire. Her second monograph, The Other Persian Letters:
Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1808, which examines
commercial, industrial, and diplomatic exchanges between France and Iran in the
long eighteenth century, appears in
December 2020 on the third centenary of Montesquieu's Persian
Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment Series/Liverpool University
Press. She is writing a third book, Avedik: Louis XIV's
Armenian Prisoner, a global micro-history about an Armenian patriarch
and his valet, who were incarcerated on three French island prisons--in the
Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Caribbean--in the early eighteenth century. She
has also begun research on another book project, Global Insects:
Silkworms, Statecraft and Franco-Japanese Trade, 1750-1914. 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 and the Junior Meredith Teaching Recognition
Award. She is currently the Maxwell School's inaugural Daicoff Faculty Scholar.
Between Crown and Commerce: Marseille and the Early
Modern Mediterranean (Johns Hopkins University Press, March 2011).
Iran and a French Empire of Trade, 1700-1808: The
Other Persian Letters (Oxford University
Studies in the Enlightenment, Liverpool University Press, 2020).
Avedik: Louis XIV's Armenian Prisoner (monograph in progress).
Global Insects: Silkworms, Statecraft, and
Franco-Japanese Trade (monograph in progress).
Articles and Book chapters:
“Early Modern Trade,” in Ian Coller, ed., Cultural
History of Western Empires: The Enlightenment, 1650-1800, Volume 4
“‘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, eds. Estelle Paranque, Nate Pobrasco, Claire Jowitt (Cham: Palgrave
“Vincent de Stochove,” “Voyage en Egypt (1631)” and
“L’Othoman, ou abregé des vies des empereurs turcs,” in John Chesworth, David
Thomas, eds., Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History
1500-1900 (Brill, 2017).
“French Mercantilism and the Early Modern
Mediterranean: A Case Study of Marseille's Silk Industry,” Special Issue:
France and the Mediterranean, French History (March 2015).
“Global Insects: Silkworms, Sericulture, and
Statecraft in Napoleonic France and Tokugawa Japan,” Special Issue: Animals and
French History, French History 28:2 (March 2014), 207-225.
"Silk, Calico and Immigration in Marseille,"
Special Issue: Merkantilismus. Wiederaufnahme einer Debatte, Vierteljahrschrift
für Sozial- und Wirtschaftsgeschichte (Stuttgart, March 2014), 241-63.
"Mirabeau," and "Sieyes" for International
Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest (Blackwell Publishing, March
"Levantines in Marseille: The Politics of
Naturalization and Neutralization in Old Regime France, 1660 – 1720,"
peer-reviewed journal, Seventeenth-Century French Studies, Vol. 30
No. 2 (London: Maney Publishing, 2008), 170-181.
"French Absolutism, Marseillais Civic Humanism,
and the Languages of Public Good," peer-reviewed journal, The
Historical Journal, Vol. 49. No. 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press,
Recent Papers, Presentations, Blog-posts (2015
“Montesquieu, the Persian Rousseau, and Napoleon’s French
Revolution in India,” blog-post for Liverpool University Press Blog (December
“Epidemics, Disinformation, and Financial Meltdown: Lessons from
the Great Plague of Marseille of 1720,” Zoom-talk for the Center for Early
Modern History, University of Minnesota (November 6, 2020).
“Jean-François, the Other Rousseau: The Consul of Baghdad and
French Expansion in the Persian Gulf, 1756-1808,” French Colonial History
Conference, Montreal, CA (June 12-14, 2019).
“Persian Civil Wars and the Asian Origins of the French
Revolution,” Stanford Humanities Center French Culture Workshop, Stanford, CA
(February 13-14, 2019).
“The Other Persian
Letters: Marie Petit and Franco-Iranian Diplomacy,” American Historical
Association Conference, Washington DC (January 4-7, 2018) .
“Marie Petit, Vakhtang
VI and Franco-Georgian Diplomacy on the Persian Frontier, 1704-1715,” at French
Historical Society Conference (April 22-25, 2017)
“The Other Persian
Letters: Early Modern France, the Gunpowder Empires, and Mercantilist
Entrepreneurialism,” Festschrift for Keith Michael Baker (Feb 3-5, 2017)
and the Silk Corridors to Safavid Persia, 1700-1715,” for “Versailles in the
World, 1660-1789,” Symposium at NYU (January 29, 2016)
“The Fabre Brothers and
the Quest for Persian Silk: Mercantilism, Entrepreneurs, and Royal Companies in
the French Asia Trade,” Western Society of French History Annual
Conference, Chicago IL (November 7-8, 2015)
“Foreign Expertise and
Enterprising Frenchmen: Case Studies of the French East India and Mediterranean
Companies,” Panel: Networks and Connectivity in the Irano-Mediterranean Zone:
Commerce and Diplomacy, Conference: Renaissance Society of America
Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany (March 26-27, 2015)
“A Local Perspective on
the Global: Marseille’s Silk Industry and the Compagnie de la Méditerranée,”
2-Day Conference: France and its Global Histories: State of the Field, Institut
Français du Royaume- Uni; Centre for French History and Culture, and the
School of History, University of St Andrews (August 26-27, 2014)
“Silk and Statecraft:
French Mercantilism and the Early Modern Mediterranean,” Conference: France
and the Mediterranean World in the Reign of Louis XIV, Centre for French
History and Culture, University of St. Andrews, UK (May 10, 2014)
“Savage Worms and Modern
Machines: French Sericulture, Napoleonic State-building, and Tokugawa Japan,” Late-Modern
Workshop, Centre for French History and Culture, University of St. Andrews, UK
(April 23, 2014)
Syracuse University 2006-Present
Early Modern France, intellectual and political history; Modern France and the World; history of medicine; race and gender in early modern Europe.
Research Grants and Awards
O’Hanley Faculty Scholar, O’Hanley Faculty
Endowment for Faculty Excellence, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public
Affairs, Syracuse University, 2014-2017
Visiting Research Fellow, The French Centre, The University of St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland, Spring/Summer 2014
Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Research and Teaching, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, 2012
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Teaching Recognition Award, Meredith Professorship Program, Syracuse University, March 2009
Appleby-Moser Faculty Research Grant for manuscript preparation, Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University, Summers 2007—2011
Pigott Faculty Research Fund, Syracuse University, Summer 2009, Summer 2008
Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS) and Western Society for French Historical Studies (WSFHS) Research Travel Award for manuscript preparation, Summer 2007
Mellon Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2005 – 2006
Georges Lurcy Fellowship, 2003 – 2004
Selected Professional Activities
American Historical Association (AHA), 2005 - present
Society for French Historical Studies (SFHS), 2004 - present
American Society for 18th-Century Studies (ASECS), 2005 - present
Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement