• PhD, University of Michigan, 1974

Research Interests

  • Traditional Chinese history
  • 17th century political and intellectual history
  • East-West comparative thought
  • East Asia in world history
  • Chinese reference/source materials

Courses Recently Taught

  • HIST G675/E600, Premodern East Asia: Integrative Issues
  • HIST G101/E101, East Asia in World History
  • HIST G382, China: The Age of Glory
  • HIST G383, China: The Later Empires
  • HIST J400/E351, Traditional Chinese Culture through Literature

Awards and Distinctions

  • Visiting Scholar, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taipei, 2000
  • Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, 1998
  • Fulbright Foundation Grant for research in Taiwan, 1995
  • Fellowship for Advanced Research in the People's Republic of China, Committee for Scholarly Communication with the PRC, 1991-1992

Publication Highlights

  • The Ming-Qing Conflict: A Historiography and Source Guide, 1998
  • Voices from the Ming-Qing Cataclysm: China in Tigers' Jaws, 1993 (paperback 1998)
  • The Southern Ming, 1644-1662 (1984)
  • "Not 'Conversant'?: William James and Huang Zongxi on Being and Knowing." Philosophy East and West, 42.1 (Jan. 1992): 139-161.