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Ikuko Asaka

Assistant Professor of History

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Contact Info

  • Address:
    419C Greg Hall
    810 S. Wright St.
    M/C 466
    Urbana, IL 61801
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Areas of Specialization

African American Diaspora and Transnational History; Race, Intimacy, and Empire; Gender and Sexuality; U.S. in the World to 1877

Biography

I am a historian of the United States with an emphasis on the nineteenth-century United States, African American history, women, and gender and sexuality. Trained in U.S. and Japanese institutions, I have always taken comparative and transnational approaches in my study of history. In all of my work, I explore how race and its related processes—class, gender, and sexuality—organized and were organized by global structures and circumstances as well as by systems of exclusion and inclusion at national, colonial, and imperial levels. My investigations into these dynamics center on the experiences of African Americans in and outside the Unites States.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • African American History
  • History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
  • U.S. Expansionism
  • U.S. in the World (18th and 19th Century)

Education

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

Distinctions / Awards

  • ACLS New Faculty Fellowship, Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey

Courses

  • HIST275 African American History to 1877
  • HIST285 History of Gender in the United States
  • HIST482 Slavery in the United States
  • HIST570 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in North American Colonialisms

Publications

Books

  • Tropical Freedom: Climate, Settler Colonialism, and Black Exclusion in the Age of Emancipation. . Duke University Press, 2017.

Journal Articles

  • "'Colored Men of the East': African Americans and the Instability of Race in US-Japan Relations." American Quarterly 66.4 (2014): 971-997.
  • "'Our Brethren in the West Indies’: Self Emancipated People in Canada and the Antebellum Politics of Diaspora and Empire." Journal of African American History 97.3 (2012): 219-239.