Postdoctoral researcher at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Department of Translation, Interpreting and East Asian Studies

Joshua Batts is a historian of encounter in the early modern world, specialising in Japan’s engagement and estrangement with other societies. He obtained his PhD from Columbia University in 2017, and continued his research for two years as a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow at the Historiographical Institute, University of Tokyo. From 2019-2022 he worked as a Research Associate in Japanese Studies at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge.

His current research project examines Tokugawa Japan’s attempts to establish direct, trans-Pacific trade with Spanish America in the early seventeenth century. He is completing the manuscript for this project, provisionally titled “Pacific Overtures: Tokugawa-Habsburg Relations and the Limits of Diplomacy, 1600-1625.” Dr. Batts is also developing a project on mining and minting in Tokugawa Japan and its connection to contemporary narratives of industrial, national, and global heritage.