Integrated Search Menu

James Rush

Profile photo
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

James Rush was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia and subsequently studied modern Southeast Asian history at Yale University, where he received his PhD in 1977. His work explores issues of colonialism and religion in 19th and 20th century Indonesia and includes the books Opium to Java: Revenue Farming and Chinese Enterprise in Colonial Indonesia, 1860-1910 and Hamka's Great Story: A Master Writer's Vision of Islam for Modern Indonesia. His Southeast Asia: a very short introduction is forthcoming. Rush's other work includes The Last Tree: Reclaiming the Environment in Tropical Asia, and Java: A Traveller's Anthology. As a public historian, Rush led the biography project of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (Philippines) from 1987 to 2008, conducting oral-history interviews with over one hundred Magsaysay Awardees and editing eight volumes of biographical essays (1991-2010). His own essays in the series include thirty-nine subjects from East, South, and Southeast Asia, among them Pramoedya Ananta Toer, Abdurrahman Wahid, Bienvenido Lumbera, Ravi Shankar, V.E. Sarachchandra, and Fei Xiaotong.

At Arizona State University, Rush teaches the university's lower-division cross-disciplinary courses "Introduction to Asia" and "Introduction to Southeast Asia" as well as the upper-division courses "Modern Southeast Asia" and "South, Southeast, and East Asia in the Global Matrix." Other upper-division and graduate courses have addressed the Vietnam War, the American Philippines (1898-1946), Asia in Western fiction, and Communism and the Cold War. Rush also teaches comparative colonialism in a graduate-level online course.

Rush is currently head of the history faculty in SHPRS and formerly served as director of ASU’s Program for Southeast Asian Studies.  He has served as a consultant to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Asia Society, and El Colegio de Mexico.

Education

PhD History Yale University 1977 MA Southeast Asia Studies Yale University 1972 BA History Gettysburg College 1966

Research Interests

Research Interests

Islam in Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and comparatively in global history

Colonialism in Southeast Asian and global history

Modern Asian biography

Civil society actors and movements in contemporary Asia

 

 

Research Activity

Expertise Areas

Publications

BOOKS

Hamka’s Great Story: a Master Writer’s Vision of Islam for Modern Indonesia. University of Wisconsin Press, 2106.

Southeast Asia: A Very Short Introduction. Forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2017.

Opium to Java: Revenue Farming and Chinese Enterprise in Colonial Indonesia, 1860-1910. Cornell University Press, 1990. Reprint Edition: Equinox Press Classic Indonesia Series, 2007.

Candu Tempo Doeloe: Pemerintah, Pengedar, dan Pecandu (1860-1910). Jakarta: Komunitas Bambu, 2013. Second Indonesian edition of Opium to Java.

The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Volume 11, Manila: Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, 1999. Principal author and general editor. Biographical and historical essays on ten Magsaysay Awardees. (See below.)

The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Volume 10, Manila: Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, 1996. Principal author and general editor.  Biographical and historical essays on fifteen Magsaysay Awardees. (See below.)

The Last Tree: Reclaiming the Environment in Tropical Asia.  The Asia Society/Westview Press, 1991.

Edited volumes:

The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, Volumes 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 16 Manila: Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation, 1991, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010. General editor and author of eight essays in Volume 9 and six essays in Volume 12.  (See below.)

Java: A Travellers' Anthology. Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1996. Compiler, and author of Preface, Introduction, and introductory passages for thirty-five readings.

Java Tempo Doeloe. Jakarta: Komunitas Bambu, 2013. Indonesian translation of Java: A Travellers’ Anthology.

Asia in Western Fiction, co-edited with Robin Winks.  Manchester University Press/Hawaii University Press, 1990.  Author: Introduction and chapter, “Journeys to Java: Western Fiction about Indonesia.”

Recent book chapter:

“Sukarno,” in Ramachandra Guha, ed., Makers of Modern Asia (Harvard University Press, 2014).

 

Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 111Introduction to Asia
HST 111Introduction to Asia
HST 591Seminar
HST 599Thesis
REL 690Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 381Modern Southeast Asia
HST 391Modern Southeast Asia
HST 496South,SE & East Asia Glbl Mtrx
HST 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 111Introduction to Asia
REL 111Introduction to Asia
HST 591Seminar
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 381Modern Southeast Asia
HST 391Modern Southeast Asia
HST 496South,SE & East Asia Glbl Mtrx
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 111Introduction to Asia
HST 111Introduction to Asia
REL 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
SGS 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
POS 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
HST 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
GCU 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SGS 381Modern Southeast Asia
HST 391Modern Southeast Asia
HST 496South,SE & East Asia Glbl Mtrx
REL 690Reading and Conference
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 111Introduction to Asia
REL 111Introduction to Asia
HST 598Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 391Modern Southeast Asia
HST 496South,SE & East Asia Glbl Mtrx
REL 690Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
REL 111Introduction to Asia
HST 111Introduction to Asia
REL 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
POS 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
HST 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
GCU 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
SGS 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
ASB 240Introduction to Southeast Asia
HST 496South,SE & East Asia Glbl Mtrx