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Justin Jacobs

Associate Professor Department of History

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 ( and Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State. He is currently completing his next book, The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost Its Treasures. At AU, he teaches courses on modern China, East Asian civilization, Indiana Jones in History, and the Japanese Empire. He also serves as editor of The Silk Road, the journal of the Silk Road Foundation, and hosts "Beyond Huaxia," a podcast on East Asian history.


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

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CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - 153
On sabbatical
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See Also
Indiana Jones in History
Beyond Huaxia
The Silk Road


  • Summer 2018

AU Expert

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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