Claire Cooper is a Ph.D candidate specializing in early modern Japanese history and its intersections with the global economy. Her research focuses on the material and visual aspects of trade and foreign relations under the Tokugawa Bakufu by considering the various ways early modern Japanese engaged with and created objects and images related to the Dutch East India Company (VOC) and Dejima. During the 2016-17 year, she will be affiliated with Tokyo University’s Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia where she will perform research supported by a Fulbright Grant.
Before coming to Princeton, Claire received her B.A. in Japanese Studies from Georgetown University in 2010, and completed an A.M. in Regional Studies East Asia at Harvard University in 2013. She spent one year as an undergraduate exchange student Keio University’s Japanese Language Program, and spent the summer of 2012 studying classical Japanese at Doshisha University through the Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies. Since coming to Princeton Claire has begun learning modern and 17th century Dutch at Columbia University and Utrecht University in order to utilize the vast archives of the VOC and other Dutch-language sources.