Associate Professor Adam Clulow

Clulow-cover-imageAdam Clulow is a historian of early modern Asia.  His work is concerned broadly with the transnational circulation of ideas, people, practices and commodities across East and Southeast Asia.  He received a M.A. in East Asian history from Niigata University in Japan (2002) and a Ph.D. in Japanese history from Columbia University in 2008.  Clulow’s first book, The Company and the Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan, was published by Columbia University Press in 2014.  It received multiple prizes including the Jerry Bentley Prize in World History from the American Historical Association and the W.K. Hancock Prize from the Australian Historical Association. He has published articles and chapters on a variety of topics including claims to possession, early modern piracy, the origins of international law (with Lauren Benton), Tokugawa period domains, Japanese merchants and mercenaries in Southeast Asia and the role of maritime violence in European expansion.  His work has appeared in the American Historical Review, Monumenta Nipponica, the Journal of World History, the Journal of Early Modern History, Itinerario and other publications. 

AmboynaSince 2015, Clulow has been engaged in a long-term collaboration with the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University to produce a teaching website devoted to the Amboyna conspiracy trial, a famous seventeenth century case involving Dutch officials, Japanese mercenaries and English merchants.  It received the New South Wales Premiers History Award (Multimedia History Prize) in 2017.

Clulow has received grants and awards from the Australian Research Council, Princeton University, the Japan Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  He has been a visiting fellow at Vanderbilt University, Princeton University, the University of Tokyo and Cambridge University.  For further details, see his page and current CV: Clulow short CV 2017