810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801
Roderick Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois. His research focuses on the intersection of people and their local habitats in early modern and modern Japan. His first book entitled Turbulent Stream: Environmental History of Japan's Rivers, 1600-1930 will be published by Brill in 2020. He has also begun research for a second book about the social 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
History 120: East Asian Civilizations (Spring 2019)
History 200: Introduction to Historical Interpretation—Global Environmental History (Fall 2019)
History 200: Introduction to Historical Interpretation—Science, Technology, and Medicine in East Asia (Spring 2019)
History 227: Modern Japanese History (Spring 2020)
History 427: Twentieth-century Japanese History (Spring 2021)
History 570: Global Environmental History (Spring 2016)
EALC 250: Introduction to Japanese Culture (Spring 2020)
EALC 398: Colloquium in EALC—History and Memory of the Asia-Pacific War (Spring 2017)
EALC 550: Historiography of Modern Japan (Fall 2019)
Additional Campus Affiliations
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Wilson, R. I. (2020). Turbulent Streams: An Environmental History of Japan’s Rivers, 1600-1930. Brill.
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. https://doi.org/10.5250/resilience.3.2016.0001
Wilson, R. I. (2016). New Routes Through Old Japan. In K. Wigen, S. Fumiko, & C. Karacas (Eds.), Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps (pp. 120-124). University of Chicago Press.
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. https://doi.org/10.5250/resilience.3.2016.0242