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Michael Robinson « Faculty

Michael RobinsonProfessor, EALC
Adjunct Professor, History

robime at
Goodbody Hall 227
(812) 855-3635


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My research is focused on modern Korea in the early to mid-20th century. I have a particular interest in the period of colonial rule between 1910-1945. My early work was in the field of intellectual and political history of the Korean nationalist movement in the 1920s. I have always had a keen interest in ideology and the general issue of political identity formation. Since the late 1980s, I have shifted towards an examination of the cultural history of Korea during the period Japanese rule. The re-opening of the consideration of nationalism as a more fluid, constructed phenomenon has pulled my work away from direct inquiry with political texts and the representations of individual nationalist ideologues and toward a more general study of the links between popular culture, group identity, and political elites. I am currently writing a monograph on the origins, evolution, and significance of broadcasting during the colonial period.My teaching draws from my general background as a Koreanist trained in the modern history of the East Asian region. I offer courses on Korean civilization, modern Korean history, the history of Asian immigration to the U.S., cultural identity and nationalism in East Asia, and East Asian popular culture. Because of my broad background in the history and contemporary cultural developments of the East Asian region, I also work with graduate students in Japanese and Chinese history, literature, and culture as well as students from Cultural Studies, Folklore, and Anthropology.