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John Curtis Perry

John Curtis Perry, Henry Willard Denison Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, attended Friends schools in Washington DC and New York City, subsequently graduating from Yale College and receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard. Before coming to Fletcher in 1980 he taught at several American liberal arts colleges and in Japan. He studies history and defines it as one of the humanities. In his earlier career, his teaching and research focus was American-East Asian relations, especially Japan, about which he published several books. The Japanese Government awarded him an imperial decoration, the Order of the Sacred Treasure, for his contributions to American-Japanese relations. In 2000, Fletcher students and friends established the John Curtis Perry fellowship for a deserving Fletcher student. For the past ten years or so, human interactions with the salt water have dominated Perry’s interests, and he is now finishing a book on that subject. At various times he has been a consultant to several foreign governments and currently advises a maritime startup company. He is president of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, a non-profit research organization. With his artist wife, he lives in an old house, which constantly battles the ravages of wind, sun, and salt, on the shores of Ipswich Bay. Their five children and ten grandchildren visit, especially to enjoy the pleasures of the summer. Two dogs are year round residents.

Please see Professor Perry's Fletcher faculty profile here.

Henry Willard Denison Professor


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