Director of Graduate Studies in History
Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies
- PhD, University of Hawai'i, 1999
- MA, University of Hawai'i, 1994
- BA, Whitman College, 1989
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 Atwill, Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present, which was published with Prentice Hall in March 2009.
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
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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)