Asia: East, South, Southeast, Central

East Asian History

The study and teaching of East Asian history has undergone tremendous expansion and change in the past decade, reflecting the region’s growing global significance. The historiography of East Asia is similarly undergoing great change and taking on importance well beyond the field. The East Asia faculty at the University of Minnesota have diverse historiographical interests and strengths, specializing in the early modern and modern periods. Together, the East Asia faculty bring a broad range of research interests to the table, from science and technology, to gender and identity, to urban and rural history. The work of our faculty and the training we provide to our graduate students emphasize both attentive archival work and engagement with ongoing debates in and outside our respective fields. Our graduate students typically work across Asia and with colleagues specializing in other regions of the world. A strong comparative focus is encouraged. Many of our graduate students have received Graduate Research Partnership Program grants from the College of Liberal Arts that provide summer funding to work jointly with faculty members on research papers. Our East Asia library has a growing collection. Through a consortium with other Big Ten schools we have access to tens of thousands of volumes via interlibrary loan. The China Center also offers scholarly support and resources to East Asianists.

South Asian History

South Asian history is a vibrant field of study, and the University of Minnesota’s program takes advantage of the current advances in cultural studies as well. South Asian subaltern studies has made a substantial impact on history as a field in general, and Professor Ajay Sakaria has long been a member of its editorial collective.  Our program emphasizes environmental history, colonialism, intellectual history and modernity.

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