Reinier H. Hesselink

Department of History
Faculty - Professor of History


Ph.D., University of Hawai’i at Manoa, 1992

Research Interests

Professor Hesselink travels regularly to Japan, and has wide-ranging research interests concentrating on Japan's relations with the outside world. His book Prisoners from Nambu: Reality and Make-Believe in 17th-Century Japanese Diplomacy (2002) was also published in Japanese and Dutch language editions. His most recent research has focused on the Portuguese in Japan and the early history of Nagasaki, for which he spent a year in Portugal with a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Hesselink teaches Liberal Arts Core classes about Japan, and upper level course on Modern and Pre-modern Japanese History, as well as the Introduction to the Study of History, and World History in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. 


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