A naturalized American citizen with bases in the Boston area, Massachusetts, the Lower Rhine of Germany, and Shanghai—born in Luoyang, capital of thirteen Chinese dynasties—Dr. Wang left home on her first train ride at the age of sixteen to pursue a B.A. in history at Shandong University in the early-late 1980s. Since then, with two Ph.D.s from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (1993) and the University of Kansas (1998) under the aegis of the Pew Charitable Trusts, she has worked at the level of full professor in the United States, Europe, and China. A director of a 2014-15 U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities program, a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and an elected fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Dr. Wang currently serves on the editorial board of Association for Asian Studies (U.S.), American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature (U.S.), the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (the Netherlands), China Information (Britain), Twentieth-Century China (U.S.), the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs (Germany), and Zongjiao yu Meiguo shehui (Religion and American Society, Fudan University).
On average, each year she peer-reviews about 60 articles and book manuscripts mostly in English, serving more than 30 academic journals and publishers. She also provides counsels to the major news media including South China Morning Post, BBC Radio 4 (e.g. The Deal) and the Washington Post.
Centering on China’s multi-faceted engagement with the outside world, Dr. Wang conducts original research in Chinese, English, French, German, and Japanese. Her book, The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), has won the "Choice Outstanding Academic Titles 2013: Top 25 Book" award (out of nearly 7,000 books and across 54 fields) in the United States. Other acclaimed books that she single-authored include China's Unequal Treaties: Narrating National History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) and Managing God's Higher Learning: U.S.-China Cultural Encounter and Canton Christian College (Lingnan University), 1888-1952 (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). She edited Chapter 6 (300 pages): "The United States, Asia, and the Pacific, 1815-1919," in Alan McPherson, ed., The Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) Guide: An Annotated Bibliography of American Foreign Relations since 1600, Brill, 2017 (over 2,300 pages), Christianity as an Issue in the History of United States-China Relations (a special volume of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations, vol. 13, 2008) and Restructuring Governance in Contemporary Urban China: Perspectives on State and Society (the Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 20, no. 72, November 2011).
Her new single-authored book in English, Longmen’s Stone Buddhas and Cultural Heritage: When Antiquity Met Modernity in China, was released in 2020 (30% discount code: RLFANDF30).