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Prof. Dr. Harald Fuess

Prof. Harald Fuess, Ph.D. (Harvard)

Harald Fuess is Professor for Cultural Economic History at the Cluster "Asia and Europe" since summer 2009 teaching for the Centre for East Asian Studies and the History Department. Before taking up his post in Heidelberg, he taught modern Japanese history at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom and Sophia University in Japan. Other employers include the Boston Consulting Group in Frankfurt and the German National Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo. At Oxford University, the University of Duisburg-Essen, Columbia University, and the University of Tokyo he held visiting appointments. After a childhood in France and Germany, he received his academic training at Princeton University (B.A.) and Harvard University (M.A., Ph.D). Harald Fuess lived in Japan for 15 years and has been elected president of the European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS) for the 2008-2011 term and served on the executive council of EAJS since 2000. His numerous publications cover aspects of the history of Japan, gender, consumption, cultural-economic relations, and Eurasian cultural flows.

Karl Jaspers Centre,
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
69115 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221-54 4080

Office hours:  please contact Ms. Nora Bartels for an appointment

Hyojin Lee, Ph.D. (Kansai University)

Lecturer Korean Language and Studies

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4357 (Pietsch)

Wako Asato, Ph.D.

Kyoto University, Graduate School of Letters
HeKKSaGOn Visiting Professor (Winter 2016)

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4357 (Pietsch)

Minori Matsutani, (Kyoto University)

JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-19
HCTS Fellow April 2017 – March 2019

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4357 (Pietsch)

Nora Bartels, M.A. (Japanologie, Sinologie)

Administrative Assistant

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 54 4357

Ph.D. Students

Doctoral students under supervision by Prof. Harald Fuess.

Former Research Team Members

- Anna Andreeva, Visiting Professor in Japanese History at Bochum University

- Amelia Bonea, Research Fellow, Oxford University

- Martin Dusinberre, Chair, Zurich University

- David Mervart, Visiting Professor, Madrid Autonoma University

- Mio Wakita-Elis, assistant professor, Art History, Heidelberg

- Sungwoo Kang, Korea

- Stefan Knoob, Duisburg-Essen University

- Hisaki Kono, Winter 2015 HeKKSaGOn Visiting Professor, Kyoto University, Economics Faculty

- Simon Partner, Humboldt Price Winner & HCTS Fellow from July 2015 to June 2016, E-mail: