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Short Bio

Dr. Dong WANG is distinguished university professor of history, and founding executive director of the new Wellington Koo Institute for Modern China in World History at Shanghai University, as well as research associate at the Fairbank Center of Harvard University.


Recent Activities

Remembering Dr. Daniel H. Bays (1942-2019)

Post on H-Asia (May 2019) Remembering Dr. Daniel H. Bays (1942-2019) Local file.

Talk “Chinese Buddhas and Bostonian Brahmins,” April 2019

Dr. Wang gave a well-received talk at the Bund Shanghai on April 27, 2019, entitled “Chinese Buddhas and Bostonian Brahmins.”

Consultation for South China Morning Post, March 2019

Interested in the 1841 Canton ransom and the former British Royal Mint as the new site of the Chinese embassy in London? See the mention of Dr. Wang’s relevant research in Future London embassy’s link to era of Chinese ‘humiliation and sorrow.’

Roundtable on Classroom China at AAS Denver March 2019

In March 2019, Dr. Wang successfully organized an AAS roundtable on classroom China in the age of higher education globalization in Denver, Colorado, chaired by Dr. Richard Madsen of the University of California at San Diego.

Call for Papers

International symposium "Historical Monuments and Modern Society," held in Shanghai on December 1-2, 2018.

BBC Radio 4 Interview

In February 2018, Dr. Wang interviewed with BBC Radio 4's history show When the Greeks Flew Kites in the episode "The Deal."

Winning the 2018 Teaching Award

Dr. Wang's two courses delivered in English China's Foreign Relations and Modern and Contemporary China have won the teaching awards of Shanghai University.

Modern China in World Affairs: Interaction and Mutual Influence

As president of the HSTCC, Dr. Wang helped convene an international Conference in Beijing, "Modern China in World Affairs: Interaction and Mutual Influence," in August 2016. A collaboration between Institute of Modern History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing) and the Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China (HSTCC) in the United States, it constituted the HSTCC 2016 biennial meeting and the 6th IMH international conference on the modern history of Chinese foreign relations. For dertails, see:

America and China: 150 Years of Aspirations and Encounters

Dr. Wang co-directed the U.S. National Endowment for Humanities, 2015 Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers entitled "America and China: 150 Years of Aspirations and Encounters," July 12-31, 2015 at Calvin College, see


Dr. Wang taught U.S.-China Relations and Women of Asia on a Voyage around the World in early Spring 2016, see and