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Roderick Ike Wilson

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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)

Office Address

300 D Greg Hall
810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801

Research Output

Turbulent Streams: An Environmental History of Japan’s Rivers, 1600-1930

Wilson, R. I., 2020, (In preparation) Brill.

Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

New Routes Through Old Japan

Wilson, R. I., Mar 2016, Cartographic Japan: A History in Maps. Wigen, K., Fumiko, S. & Karacas, C. (eds.). University of Chicago Press, p. 120-124

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter