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Jonathan Valera Lopez

Jonathan López-Vera is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is currently working on his Dissertation on relations between the government of Japan and European countries at the end of the 16th century, under the direction of Joan Pau Rubiés (UPF) and Asami Masakazu (Keiō University, Tokyo).

He is a pre-doctoral researcher at the Department of Humanities of the UPF and the Institut Universitari d’Història Jaume Vicens Vives (IUHJVV) and a professor at both the same university and the Universitat de Barcelona. He graduated in East Asian Studies at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with honors; and has a Master’s degree in World History from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, with a final project about the leading figure of Toyotomi Hideyoshi as seen through the Castilian documents between 1592-1599. 

He is a member of the research groups ECERM and GRIMSE, both of the UPF. In addition, he is the author of the website HistoriaJaponesa.com –a reference on this topic in the net for Spanish and Catalan readers–; of the book Historia de los samuráis (Satori, 2016, to be published in English in 2019 by Tuttle Publishing); and co-editor of the online academic journal Asiadémica.

Complete CV: http://www.jonathanlopezvera.com/