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A joint appointment Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Asian and Asian American Studies, Victor Zatsepine has established himself as a highly valuable member of the Institute. His research significantly coheres with the Institute’s strengths in comparative ethnic studies. A generous colleague and a dedicated teacher, Dr. Zatsepine’s work in the classroom has helped increase the number of students who pursue the Asian American Studies Minor.
Focused on frontier politics, exchanges, and conflicts along the Sino-Chinese border, Professor Zatsepine has made excellent progress on his manuscript. With a complete set of readers’ reports from the University of British Columbia Press, he is currently finalizing revisions as per recommendations made in the external reviews and plans to submit his manuscript in August 2014. In addition to the monograph, Professor Zatsepine has published one book chapter (“Surveying Manchuria: Imperial Russia’s Topographers at Work” in Entangled Histories: The Transcultural Past of Northeast China). He also has one peer-reviewed article (in The Journal of Northeast Asian History) and currently serves on the board of that journal. He has presented his work at major international conferences and has participated in a workshop held at Harvard University. These research endeavors underscore Professor Zatsepine’s deepened engagement with the field of Asian studies; perhaps even more significant, they highlight his emerging prominence as a recognized scholar in comparative Asian studies. Professor Zatsepine’s innovative scholarship challenges previous nationalist and regionalist paradigms by insisting that one take seriously the movement of bodies, ideas, and capital across borders. This transnational, trans-regional focus – which intersects with the type of work done in critical Asian and Asian American Studies – engenders a new way of seeing borders and borderlands.
“New ways of seeing” are likewise apparent in his teaching and service. As noted earlier is the increase in the number of students interested in our minor, and many of these students had the good fortune to take Professor Zatsepine’s “East Asian Since the Mid-Nineteenth Century” course. What remains consistent is the extent to which students appreciate Dr. Zatsepine’s enthusiasm for the material and his willingness to engage students using multiple perspectives and approaches. While firmly grounded in History, Professor Zatsepine is mindful that his course draws students from other academic backgrounds; he therefore adapts his course to fulfill the expectations of his departmental home while furthering the aims of the Institute.