About Me


Classes I Teach

  • HIST 141 Asia Since 1500
  • HIST 171 World History II: Problems in the Human Past 
  • HIST 346 Women in Asian History
  • HIST 350 Japan to 1600
  • HIST 351 Japan Since 1600
  • HIST 352 Popular Culture in Japan
  • HIST 395 Historical Methods
  • HIST 398 Themes in World History: The Korean War
  • HIST 399 Honors Seminar: Rebel Music
  • HIST 444 The Japanese Empire
  • HIST 491 Special Topics: Knights and Samurai (with Professor Valerie Garver)
  • HIST 494 Oral History (Oral History Association "Principles and Best Practices")
  • HIST 495 Senior Thesis
  • HIST 496 History and Social Science Instruction for Secondary Educators
  • HIST 680 Reading Seminar: Modern Colonialism; First World War
  • HIST 790 Research Seminar: Popular Culture

Research Interests

  • modern Japanese and Korean history
  • transnational popular culture
  • colonialism and nationalism
  • ethnomusicology
  • music of the African diaspora
  • public memory and memorialization
  • Bahá'í Faith history
  • oral history

Publications accessible through Huskie Commons, ResearchGate, and Academia.edu

Knowledge is as wings to man's life, and a ladder for his ascent. Its acquisition is incumbent upon everyone. The knowledge of such sciences, however, should be acquired as can profit the peoples of the earth, and not those which begin with words and end with words.

—Bahá'u'lláh, Epistle to the Son of the Wolf

E. Taylor Atkins


E. Taylor Atkins
NIU Department of History
Zulauf 702
DeKalb, IL 60115



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