Roderick Ike Wilson

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Contact Information

300 D Greg Hall
810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801

Assistant Professor

Research Description

Roderick Wilson is an Assistant Professor in theDepartment of History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois. He has an MA in modern Japanese history from the University of Oregon and a PhD in East Asian history (1600-2000) from Stanford University. His research focuses on the intersection of people and their local habitats in early modern and modern Japan. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Turbulent Stream: Reengineering Environmental Relations along the Rivers of Japan, 1750-1950 and is working on a second project about the urban and environmental history of Tokyo. At the University of Illinois, he offers a variety of courses on the history of Japan, East Asia, and the environment.


Ph.D., History, Stanford University
M.A., Modern Japanese History, University of Oregon
B.A., History, Japanese Language Minor, Portland State University

Courses Taught

History 120: East Asian Civilizations (Fall 2016)
History 200: Introduction to Historical Interpretation—Global Environmental History (Spring 2016)
History 227: Modern Japanese History (Spring 2017)
History 427: Twentieth-century Japanese History (not scheduled)
History 570: Global Environmental History (Spring 2016)
EALC 250: Introduction to Japanese Culture (Spring 2016)
EALC 398: Colloquium in EALC—History and Memory of the Asia-Pacific War (Spring 2017)
EALC 550: Seminar in EALC—Bodies of Knowledge in East Asian History (Fall 2013)
EALC 550: Historiography of Modern Japan (Fall 2016)

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures

Recent Publications

Morrissey, R. M. (Guest ed.), & Wilson, R. I. (Guest ed.) (2016). Environmental Humanities from Below. Resilience: Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 3, 1-434.

Morrissey, R. M., & Wilson, R. I. (2016). Introduction: Grassroots History: Global Environmental Histories from Below. Resilience: Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 3, 1-13.

Wilson, R. I. (2016). Modern Routes Through Old Japan. In K. Wigen, F. Sugimoto, & C. Karacas (Eds.), Cartographic Japan: a history in maps

Wilson, R. I. (2016). Placing Edomae: The Changing Environmental Relations of Tokyo's Early Modern Fishery. Resilience: Journal of the Environmental Humanities, 3, 242-289.

Wilson, R. I. (2014). Documenting Disaster in Fukushima: Review of In the Grey Zone. Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS).

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