Department of History
- Justin Jacobs is a historian of modern China. His research explores the legacy of Chinese empire during the twentieth century. His first book project, “China Preserved: The Pursuit of Colonial Legitimacy in Modern Xinjiang,” looks at how Han rulers attempted to refute charges of imperialism in the Muslim northwest. He teaches courses on modern Chinese history, East Asian civilization, and the cultural politics of archaeology ("Indiana Jones in History").
DegreesPhD, University of California, San Diego
MA, University of Washington
BA, University of Washington
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
"Preparing the People for Mass Clemency: The 1956 Japanese War Crimes Trials in Shenyang and Taiyuan," China Quarterly 205 (March 2011): 152–72.
"The Many Deaths of a Kazak Unaligned: Osman Batur, Chinese Decolonization, and the Nationalization of a Nomad," American Historical Review 115, no. 5 (December 2010): 1291–1314.
"Confronting Indiana Jones: Chinese Nationalism, Historical Imperialism, and the Criminalization of Aurel Stein and the Raiders of Dunhuang, 1899–1944," in China on the Margins, ed. Sherman Cochran and Paul G. Pickowicz (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010), 65–90.
"How Chinese Turkestan Became Chinese: Visualizing Zhang Zhizhong's Tianshan Pictorial and Xinjiang Youth Song and Dance Troupe," Journal of Asian Studies 67, no. 2 (May 2008): 545–91.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship
Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (Chinese, Uighur)
Work In Progress
Book Manuscript: "Empire Preserved: The Pursuit of Han Colonial Legitimacy in Xinjiang, 1911–1964"
Area of Expertise: modern Chinese history, Xinjiang Province, minority governance in China
Additional Information: Justin Jacobs is interested in how the multiethnic peoples of China became incorporated into a Han-dominated state during the twentieth century. For his dissertation, he conducted a year of field research in China, Taiwan, and the mostly Muslim province of Xinjiang, supported by a Fulbright-Hays fellowship. He is the author of three peer-reviewed articles on modern Xinjiang, and has also written on Japanese war crimes trials in China during the early Mao years. He teaches courses on Chinese, Japanese, and Inner Asian history.
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