Ikuko Asaka

Associate Professor, History

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Research Interests

Early US gender and sexuality history; race and US imperialism; Asia-Pacific world; extraction of biotic and abiotic labor 

I am currently working on two projects: one exploring U.S. imperialism in the Pacific with an emphasis on sexual labor, and the other historicizing representations of Asianness and their relationship to gender binary. 


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gender and Women's History Program, 2010


Honors & Awards

Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2021-2026

Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors Award, 2016-18

New Faculty Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2012-13


Summer Stipend, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2020  

Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, 2020


HIST171 U.S. History to 1877
HIST285 U.S. Gender History to 1877
HIST316 Global Histories of Gender                                                  HIST317 Birth of U.S.Empire                                                              

Office Address

419C Greg Hall
810 S. Wright St.
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801


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