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Assistant Professor Cultural Economic HistoryDr. Hiro Fujimoto

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Dr. Hiro Fujimoto
Karl Jaspers Centre
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 400.01.14
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4364

Office Hours: By Appointment

Dr. Hiro Fujimoto


Hiro Fujimoto serves as an Assistant Professor of Cultural Economic History at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University.

His research focus revolves around the global perspective on the history of medicine in modern Japan. His first monograph Medicine and Christianity: American Protestant Missionaries and their Medical Work in Japan (written in Japanese) examined the medical activities of American Protestant missionaries in Japan​ and was granted the 2022 Yakazu Medical History Award from the Japanese Society for the History of Medicine.

Currently, he is engaged in his second book project, which explores the transnational history of women doctors within and beyond Japan. Among his ongoing projects, he is investigating the dissemination of medical films, encompassing surgery and health education films. Additionally, he is examining the intricate relationship between food, health, and religion. He also delves into the collaborative efforts of American medical missionaries and Japanese Christian physicians in the realm of healthcare in Japan. 


2023 -  Assistant Professor, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University
2021 - 2023  Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
2021 - 2023  Postdoctoral Researcher, School of Education, Kyoto University
2019 - 2020  Academic Visitor, Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore
2019  Postdoctoral Fellow, Macmillan Center, Yale University
2019  Ph.D. in History of Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo 
2017 - 2018  Visiting Scholar, Freie University of Berlin
2016 - 2017  Visiting Fellow, Harvard-Yenching Institute
2014 - 2015  Visiting Assistant in Research, Department of History, Yale University
2013 - 2016  Research Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
2013  M.A. in History of Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo 
2010  B.A. in Human Sciences, Department of Human Sciences, Waseda University


  • Hiro Fujimoto, “Christianity, Good Health and Vegetarianism in Japan, c. 1900–45,” Food & History, 20(1), 2022, pp. 155–171.
  • Hiro Fujimoto, “Circulation of Medical Knowledge and Techniques through Film in Japan, 1929–1941,” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 14(3), 2020, pp. 439–458.
  • Hiro Fujimoto, “Miners, Benevolent Government, and Administration: A History of Medical Policy in Tokugawa Japan,” East Asian Science, Technology and Medicine, 51/52, 2020, pp. 17–49.
  • Hiro Fujimoto, “Women, Missionaries, and Medical Professions: The History of Overseas Female Students in Meiji Japan,” Japan Forum,  32(2), 2020, pp. 185–208. (Published online on November 26, 2018). Reprinted in Meiji Japan in Global History, edited by Catherine L. Phipps (London and New York: Routledge, 2021).