Robert S. Ingersoll Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus

of History and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Tetsuo Najita has retired and no longer directs BA theses or accepts new graduate students.

PhD 1965 Harvard University

Field Specialties

Eighteenth-century Tokugawa thought; intellectual history of modern Japanese politics


Tetsuo Najita's special interest is in the intellectual history of early modern and modern Japan and the intellectual history of politics (seiji shisoshi).


—Visions of Virtue in Tokugawa Japan: The Kaitokudo Merchant Academy of Osaka. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 1987 and 1997. Winner of Yamagata Banto Prize, 1990; translated into Japanese by Iwanami Press, 1992.
—"Traditional Cooperatives in Modern Japan: Rethinking Alternativesto Cosmopolitanism and Nativism." Development and Change 27, no. 2 (1996).
—(ed.). Tokugawa Political Writings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
—"Ambiguous Encounters: Ogata Koan and International Studies in Late Tokugawa Osaka." In Osaka, the Merchant's Capital of Early Modern Japan, edited by James L. McClain and Wakita Osamu. Ithaca, NY.: Cornell University Press, 1999.