- PhD, University of California, San Diego MA, University of Washington BA, University of Washington
- Justin Jacobs is a historian of China, Xinjiang, the Silk Road, antiquities, and archaeology. He is the author of The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures, Indiana Jones in History: From Pompeii to the Moon, and Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State. His current research project focuses on the fate of treasures from the Forbidden City as they were transported to the interior of China and eventually to Taiwan over a period of three decades. At AU, he teaches courses on ancient and modern China, the Japanese empire, and the history of archaeological expeditions. He also serves as editor of The Silk Road, the journal of the Silk Road House, and hosts "Beyond Huaxia," a podcast on East Asian history.
Area of Expertise
modern Chinese history, Xinjiang Province, minority governance in China
Justin Jacobs is a historian of modern China. His research concerns the northwestern Chinese borderlands, comparative Eurasian empires, and the historical politics of archaeological expeditions. He is the author of Indiana Jones in History: From Pompeii to the Moon (IndianaJonesInHistory.com) and Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State. He is currently completing his next book, The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures.