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David Atwill

David Atwill

Director of Graduate Studies in History

Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

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Office Phone: (814) 865-1218

Education:

  1. PhD, University of Hawai'i, 1999
  2. MA, University of Hawai'i, 1994
  3. BA, Whitman College, 1989

Biography:

Currently, I am Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies and have served as the Department of History's Director of Graduate Studies since the Fall of 2010.  I received my PhD from University of Hawai'i Manoa studying under Dr. Dru C. Gladney.

My early research largely centered on the ethno-religious identity of the Muslim Chinese (or Hui) in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. I have published several articles on this topic and a monograph entitled The Chinese Sultanate: Islam, Ethnicity and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwestern China, 1856-1873 was published by Stanford University Press (2006). More recently, I have been dividing my time between two distinct projects the first on a re-examination of Qing China's 'corridors of contact' as seen through the eyes of Lin Zexu and a broad study of the Tibetan Muslims. A firm believer that a strong teacher makes a strong scholar, I co-authored with Yurong Yang AtwillSources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present, which was published with Prentice Hall in March 2009.

Recent Publications:

Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present (Co-edited with Yurong Y. Atwill), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009.

"Holy Culture Wars: Patterns of Ethno-Religious Violence in 19th and 20th Century China," in Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Traditions. Ed. James Wellman, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007

The Chinese Sultanate: Islam, Ethnicity and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwestern China, 1856-1873, Stanford University Press, 2006.

"Blinkered Visions: Islamic Identity, Hui Ethnicity, and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwest China, 1856-1874," Journal of Asian Studies 62(4), 2003

Personal Homepage:
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Awards and Service:

Supplemental New Direction Fellowship, Mellon Foundation (2011-2013)
Confucius Institute Workshop Grant, “China in Motion: Urban-Rural Migration in Modern China” (2011)
New Direction Fellowship, Mellon Foundation (2007-2010)
Fulbright Scholar Research Award, China (2007-2008)

Recent Courses:

HIST10 - World History I
HIST175 - The History of Modern East Asia
HIST302W - Undergraduate Seminar 

HIST485Y - Nineteenth-Century China

Research Interests:

Late Imperial and Republican era China, Tibetan Muslims, Ethnographic History, Transnational and Transregional History, Chinese Borderlands