Frederik VermoteFrederik Vermote

Assistant Professor

Office: Social Sciences 126


Office phone: 278-8815

PhD – University of British Columbia (2013)
MA – Catholic University of Leuven (2004)
BA – Catholic University of Leuven (2002)

Research Fellow, The USF Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, San Francisco

Faculty Advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honor Society

Scholarship Advisor to Alpha Sigma Phi

Faculty Advisor for the Fresno State Climbing Club

Member of the World Cultures and Global Studies Cohort


Research/Teaching Interests:

Early Modern World, Europe and the World, Ming and Qing China, Jesuit history, economic and cultural networks between China, Europe, and the Americas

Teaching California World History standards and framework


“Travellers Lost and Redirected: Jesuit Networks and the Limits of European Exploration in Asia”, in: Itinerario: International Journal on the History of European Expansion and Global Interaction, Leiden/Cambridge, 41:3 (2017), 1-23.

Finances of the Missions”, in Early Modern Catholic Global Missions, R. Po-chia Hsia (ed.), Leiden: Brill, 2017, 367-400.

Financing Missions”, in Oxford Handbook of the History of the Jesuits, Ines G. Zupanov (ed.), New York: Oxford University Press, 2017 (available online; available in print in 2018).

The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia”, Itinerario, vol. 41:2, 2017, 405-406. (Book Review)

The Jesuits and Globalization: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Challenges”, Journal of World History, vol. 28:2, 2017. (Book Review)

London: The Selden Map and the Making of a Global City, 1549-1689”, Ming Studies, vol. 73, 2016, 92-95. (Book Review)

Georg Wiessala: European Studies in Asia: Contours of a Discipline”, Journal of Jesuit Studies, vol. 3, 2016, 296-298. (Book Review)

"Dangers and Limitations of Jesuit Travel Throughout Eurasia During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries", World History Connected, vol. 10, no. 3, October 2013.

Standaert, Nicolas & Frederik Vermote, “…Begin Mei 1693,… ergens op zee tussen Mozambique en Goa. Herinneringen van Philippe Couplet aan zijn medebroeder François de Rougemont (Trans.: May 1693, Mozambique, Goa: Memories of Phillipe Couplet to a fellow father, François de Rougemont), in: Leidschrift, Leiden, 18:3, 2004. (Nicolas Standaert, introduction; Frederik Vermote, article)


Frederik Vermote, “The Qing Empire and the Excluded Middle: The Role of the Jesuit Intermediaries during the Treaty of Nerchinsk”, in From Chinggisid to Qing: Empire in Asia: A New Global History, Vol. 1, Brian Farrell and Jack Fairey (eds.), London: Bloomsbury Press, March 2018. (In production, post final proofs)

“Finances of the Missions”, in Early Modern Catholic Global Missions, R. Po-chia Hsia (ed.), Leiden: Brill, 2016.

Frederik Vermote, “Cash or Credit: Jesuit Money Flows during the Dawn of a Global World”, in Mercantilism and Account Keeping: Comparative Analysis of the Periphery-Core Structure and its Impacts on Indigenous Market Players,Cheryl S. McWatters, Arthur J. Ray and Frank J. Tough (eds.), London: Pickering & Chatto Publishers, 2018.


Frederik Vermote, Moving Money and Missionaries in a Global World: The Jesuit Financial Networks between Europe and Asia, book manuscript under contract with Brill.

Courses Offered:

HIST 6: East Asian Civilization

HIST 21: World History since 1500

HIST 191: When Asia was the World and the World changed Asia

HIST 192: China and the World: Search for Modern China

HIST 195: Guns, Pirates and Opium

HIST 199T: Empire in Asia

HIST 200A: Introduction to Graduate Writing and Historiography

HIST 230T: Topics in World History, Early Modern World (Fall 2014, Graduate Course)

HIST 230T: Topics in World History, Christianity and European Capitalism in 17th Century China (Spring 2016, Graduate Course)

HIST 297: History Practicum

HUM 2420: Introduction to World Religions

Work in Progress:

I am currently preparing a book manuscript on the Jesuit financial networks between China and Europe during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.