Wang Dong

Wang  Dong

Professor
Shanghai University  

01/10/20 - 02/03/21

Dr. Dong WANG is distinguished university professor of history, director of the Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History at Shanghai University, and has been a research associate at the Fairbank Center of Harvard University since 2002. A director of a 2014-15 U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities program, Dr. Wang currently serves on seven international editorial boards including for the U.S.-based Association for Asian Studies, American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature, and the Journal of American-East Asian Relations. Among previous positions spanning North America and Europe, she was professor and executive director of the East-West Institute of International Studies (2006-2009), director of the Centre for Asian Studies (2009-2013), and president of the Historical Society of Twentieth-Century China (2012-14).   Books in English that Dr. Wang single-authored are: Longmen’s Stone Buddhas and Cultural Heritage: When Antiquity Met Modernity in China (2020), The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present(2013, rev. 2nd ed. 2020), Managing God’s Higher Learning: U.S.-China Cultural Encounter and Canton Christian College (Lingnan University), 1888-1952 (2007), and China’s Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History (2005). 

Research project

The United States and China: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present  
I plan to conduct deep, evidence-based research, revise my award-winning original book in English, The United States and China: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013, xi + pp. 377), and publish its second and revised edition under contract with the aforementioned publisher.  Although I still strongly endorse the major themes, argument, organization and presentation of the first edition of my book on the United States and China, so much has transpired between the two superpowers and in our world since its publication in January 2013 that a revision is called for. The most noteworthy change has been the strategic repositioning at all levels, great power rivalry on a global scale, and the shifting roles of the United States and China in domestic, regional and global affairs. As with its predecessor, the second, revised edition of The United States and China: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present will take a long-term and comprehensive view of the trends, patterns, and lessons to be extracted from the two hundred and forty years of interaction between the United States and China within a global context, always with an eye to the future.