John Hennessey is a postdoctoral fellow at the Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala University. A historian by training, his research interests include colonial history since 1850, modern Japanese history, transnational history, propaganda and popular imperialism. His current research project investigates the place of the Ainu people (indigenous to Hokkaido and the surrounding region) in Western racial taxonomies c. 1850-1940 and what this reveals about Western perceptions of "whiteness" at the time.
Keywords: history japan colonialism imperialism hokkaido
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John Hennessey has a Bachelor of Arts in history and French literature from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), a master's degree in Asian Studies from Lund University and a PhD from Linnaeus University. He has studied and researched extensively in the United States, France, Japan and Sweden. His dissertation, Rule by Association: Japan in the Global Trans-Imperial Culture, 1868-1912, highlights Japan's engagement with globally circulating colonial ideas and practices during the period 1868-1912.
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