Anne Gerritsen is Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick and between 2013 and 2018 holds the Kikkoman Chair in the study of Asia-Europe Exchange, with special attention to art, material culture and human dynamics at Leiden University. She also served as Director of the Global History and Culture Centre at the University of Warwick.  She holds an MA degree in Chinese languages and civilizations from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and a PhD degree from Harvard University in East Asian Languages and Civilizations.  Her research since the completion of her PhD (in 2001) and the publication of her first book (in 2007) has centred on global history, the interaction between global and local history, material culture and specifically on the global local history of the trade in porcelain. Her recent interest is in the global exchange of foods and medicines, including soya sauce. For full details, please see and