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Justin Jacobs

Assistant 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 Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016), which analyzes strategies of Chinese rule in Xinjiang during the late Qing, Republican, and early Communist eras, including Nationalist efforts to represent Xinjiang from Taiwan after 1949. He is currently working on two new book projects, "Indiana Jones in History: From Pompeii to the Moon," and “The Compensations of Plunder: Foreign Explorers Along the Silk Road.” At AU, he teaches courses on modern China, East Asian civilization, Indiana Jones in History, and the Japanese Empire.


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

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CAS - History
Battelle Tompkins - 153
Monday & Thursday 1:00-2:30pm
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See Also
Xinjiang and the Modern Chinese State
The Compensations of Plunder