Roderick Ike Wilson

 Roderick Wilson

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300 D Greg Hall
810 S Wright
Urbana, IL 61801
Assistant Professor
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Research Description

Roderick Wilson is an Assistant Professor in theDepartment of History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois. He has an MA in modern Japanese history from the University of Oregon and a PhD in East Asian history (1600-2000) from Stanford University. His research focuses on the intersection of people and their local habitats in early modern and modern Japan. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Turbulent Stream: Reengineering Environmental Relations along the Rivers of Japan, 1750-1950 and is working on a second project about the urban 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 (Fall 2016)
  • History 200: Introduction to Historical Interpretation—Global Environmental History (Spring 2016)
  • History 227: Modern Japanese History (Spring 2017)
  • History 427: Twentieth-century Japanese History (not scheduled)
  • History 570: Global Environmental History (Spring 2016)
  • EALC 250: Introduction to Japanese Culture (Spring 2016)
  • EALC 398: Colloquium in EALC—History and Memory of the Asia-Pacific War (Spring 2017)
  • EALC 550: Seminar in EALC—Bodies of Knowledge in East Asian History (Fall 2013)
  • EALC 550: Historiography of Modern Japan (Fall 2016)

Selected Publications

Special Issues of a Journal

Wilson, Roderick, and Robert Morrissey Introduction: Grassroots History Global Environmental Histories from Below Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 3 2016, p. 1-13.

Journal Articles

Placing Edomae: The Changing Environmental Relations of Tokyo’s Early Modern Fishery Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 3 2016, p. 242-289.

Book Contributions

Wilson, Roderick Modern Routes through Old Japan Cartographic Japan edited by Karen Wigen, edited by Cary Karacas. Modern Routes through Old Japan Edited by Karen Wigen, Edited by Cary Karacas, Chicago, Ill. University of Chicago Press 2016.
Changing River Regimes on the Kanto Plain, Japan, 1600–1900 A History of Water Series 2, Volume 2: Rivers and Society: From Early Civilizations to Modern Times edited by Terje Tvedt. Changing River Regimes on the Kanto Plain, Japan, 1600–1900 Edited by Terje Tvedt, London, UK I. B. Tauris 2010, p. 285-307.
「東京の川の舟運利用」[The Use of Tokyo’s Rivers for Water Transport] 『東京エコ・シティー:新たなる水の都市へ』[Urban Ecology—Tokyo Water City] 「東京の川の舟運利用」[The Use of Tokyo’s Rivers for Water Transport] Tokyo Kashima Shuppan 2006.


Wilson, Roderick Documenting Disaster in Fukushima In the Grey Zone (2012) and A2-B-C (2013) directed by Ian Ash. Asian Educational Media Service (AEMS) Directed by Ian Ash, 2014.
Peter J. Carroll, Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895–1937 (2006) International Journal of Asian Studies 5 1 2008, p. 133-135.