Area of Expertise: International Relations
Geographical Expertise - Region: Asia, Europe
Languages: English, Japanese, Spanish
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist
Florentino Rodao García is a Spanish scholar specialised on Asian history who has written extensively on East and Southeast Asian countries, focusing on the role of perceptions as well as Spain and European presence. He is currently Professor of Asian history at Complutense University of Madrid.
He has received two Ph.D’s., from Madrid’s Complutense University (Contemporary history) and from the University of Tokyo (Arts and Sciences – 学術博士), has been visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (WCFIA, University of Harvard, 2008-2009), research fellow de la Research School for Asian and Pacific Studies (RSPAS, Australian National University, 2000) and associated member at the Micronesian Area Research Center (MARC, University of Guam, 1994). He also taught in the Philippines (Ateneo de Manila University), Japan (Keio University) and the United States (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and will teach at University of Puerto Rico at Riopiedras during the first semester of the course 2010-11. Rodao is currently Associated Professor with tenure at the Complutense University of Madrid, at the Faculty of Journalism, while he has been teaching previously at the department of International Relations of the Faculty of Sociology and Politics.
Professor Rodao has collaborated with many organizations devoted to Asia and the Pacific; he was the president of the Spanish Pacific Studies Association (1999-2002) and a member of the advisory council of Casa Asia, where he also edited the Bulletin Casa Asia (2005-2007) and the MedAsia Bulletin, the alliance of Asia Centers of Southern Europe. He was also member of the board of EUROSEAS, European Association for South East Asian Studies, and represents Spain at the International Board of Philippine Studies Conferences.
His main scholarly contribution has been on Spanish-Japanese historical relations, (Franco and the Japanese Empire. Image and Propaganda in a Time of War, Barcelona, 2002; “Japan and the Axis, 1937-8: Recognition of the Franco Regime and Manchukuo,” Journal of Contemporary History, 2009), while he prepares now a monograph on the Philippines and its identity after the end of the Spanish period.