PRESIDENTIAL TEACHING PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY, NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED GLOBAL FACULTY, BAHÁ’Í INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION Research
I specialize in the cultural history of modern Japan and Korea, but both my research and teaching interests extend well beyond those countries. Much of my previous work could be characterized as historical ethnomusicology, using music to understand cultures of the past. I am also interested in colonialism, public memorialization, nationalism, aesthetics, and transnational popular culture. Principal Publications:
Primitive Selves: Koreana in the Japanese Colonial Gaze, 1910-45. Colonialisms 5 (University of California Press, 2010). Podcast interview on New Books in East Asian Studies Rorotoko interview
(Editor) Jazz Planet (University Press of Mississippi, 2003).
Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan (Duke University Press, 2001); winner of the 2003 John Whitney Hall Prize from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. (NIU News report) Other Projects:
Meditating and Mediating World Order — A global study of responses by adherents of the Bahá'í Faith to colonialism and decolonization.
Interview about Jazz Abroad on The New Jazz Archive
History of KRML radio, the last for-profit jazz broadcaster in the USA
Arirang discography (updated summer 2011)
Podcast of my Korea Society lecture on “Arirang”