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Justin Jacobs Associate Professor History

Degrees
PhD, University of California, San Diego MA, University of Washington BA, University of Washington

Bio
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, and Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State. He teaches courses on ancient and modern China, the Japanese empire, an introduction to Asia, and the history of archaeological expeditions. He also serves as editor of The Silk Road journal and hosts Beyond Huaxia, a podcast on East Asian history.
See Also
Indiana Jones in History
Beyond Huaxia: A College History of China and Japan
The Silk Road
For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Teaching

Summer 2020

  • HIST-265 Hist of Archeolog Expeditions

  • HIST-265 Hist of Archeolog Expeditions

Fall 2020

  • ASIA-100 Introduction to Asia

  • HIST-296 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: World History/UNESCO Heritage

Spring 2021

  • HIST-251 History of Modern China

  • HIST-265 Hist of Archeolog Expeditions

AU Experts

Area of Expertise

modern Chinese history, Xinjiang Province, minority governance in China

Additional Information

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.

For the Media

To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

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