Faculty Directory

E. Taylor Atkins

 Presidential Teaching Professor

Fields of Study: Asia (Japan & Korea), Colonial Empires, Cultural/Intellectual, Global, Memory and Commemoration

E-mail: etatkins@niu.edu
Phone: 815-753-6699
Office: Zulauf 702

Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Current Research: A global study of responses by adherents of the Baha'i' Faith to colonialism and decolonization

NIU Today article April 16, 2013

Major/Recent Publications:


  • Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-45. Colonialisms 5. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010.
  • (Editor) Jazz Planet. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi 2003.
  •  Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan. Durham: Duke UP 2001.

Articles/Book Chapters

  • "The Dual Career of 'Arirang': The Korean Resistance Anthem That Became a Japanese Pop Hit." Journal of Asian Studies 66.3 (August 2007): 645-687. 
  • "Popular Culture." In William Tsutsui, ed., A Companion to Japanese History. Blackwell Companions to World History. Malden, MA, & Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007. 460-76.
  • "Sacred Swing: The Sacralization of Jazz in the American Bahá‡'í’ Community." American Music 24.4 (Winter 2006): 383-420.
  • "Edifying Tones: Using Music to Teach Asian History and Culture." Education About Asia 8.1 (Spring 2003): 17-20.
  • "Korean P’ansori and the Blues: Art for Communal Healing" (co-authored with Katharine C. Purcell).  East-West Connections: Review of Asian Studies 2 (2002): 63-84.

Teaching Interests:

In addition to general education surveys in modern Asian and world history, and a three-semester, 300-level sequence in Japanese history, I enjoy learning and teaching new material outside of my comfort zone. I have developed thematic courses on the Korean War, the Japanese empire, and Asian women's history, as well as methodological courses such as HIST 295 and 494.  At the graduate level, I have taught reading seminars in Japanese history and modern colonial empires, and a research seminar on using popular culture in historical investigation.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 141 Asia Since 1500
  • HIST 171 The World Since 1500
  • HIST 295 Historical Methods
  • HIST 346 Women in Asian History
  • HIST 350 Japan to 1600
  • HIST 351 Japan since 1600
  • HIST 352 Popular Culture in Japan
  • HIST 398 Themes in World History: The Korean War
  • HIST 399H Honors Seminar
  • HIST 444 The Japanese Empire
  • HIST 490 Special Topics: Knights And Samurai (with Professor Valerie Garver)
  • HIST 494 Oral History
  • HIST 495 Senior Thesis
  • HIST 690 Modern Colonialism
  • HIST 790 Research Seminar

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