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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 since 2002.


Recent Activities

Call for Manuscripts: Asian Studies Collection

Call for Authors: Asian Studies Collection with Lived Places Publishing based in the U.S. and Britain, a new generation of professional publishing, offers short course readings that root our knowledge of Asian politics, economies, societies, ethnicities, religions, military affairs, law, medicine, technologies, and cultures in the places where people live—not in the abstract “nonplace” of the Asian region or diaspora.

Interview with Dr. Marco Wyss of Lancaster University published

Dr. Wang’s interview with Dr. Marco Wyss of Lancaster University was published on February 7, 2022. Listen here.

Talk hosted by Alaska World Affairs Council

Check out Dr. Wang’s conversation with Dr. Paul Dunscomb (Professor of History, University of Alaska at Anchorage) on frontiers and U.S.-China relations hosted by Alaska World Affairs Council on January 14, 2022.

Interview with Dr. Grace C. Huang on Chiang Kai-Shek's Politics of Shame

Interview with Dr. Grace C. Huang about her Chiang Kai-Shek's Politics of Shame. Leadership, Legacy, and National Identity in China (Harvard University Press 2021) on New Books Network, September 24, 2021.

Dr. Dong Wang's U.S.-China podcast inaugurated

The first episode of Dr. Dong Wang's U.S.-China podcast that supplements the revised 2nd edition of her awarding winning book, The United States and China: A History from the Eighteenth Century to the Present was posted on August 31, 2021.

Vancouver, BC, August 2021

Contribution to Database of Religious History: “Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, Henan Province of P. R. China,” Database of Religious History, Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia.

EURICS (Paris), February 25, 2021

Zoom public lecture, “In the Eyes of Its European Beholders: China’s Longmen and Cultural Heritage” (alternative link), European Institute of Chinese Studies Paris, France, February 25, 2021.

ABC Interview, February 21, 2021

Interview with Australian Broadcast Corporation National Radio, “Rear Vision,” with Annabelle Quince, Keri Phillips, “China: The Economic Miracle,” February 21, 2021, 3:37-4:31; 24:12-25:23.

EURICS (Paris), February 5, 2021

Zoom webinar, “Europe in U.S.–China Relations: Past and Present.”

EURICS (Paris), January 2021

Invited Commentary “How did U.S.-China Relations Get to Where They Are?” EURICS Briefs/Analyses, No. 8, January 2021.

George Mason University, December 15, 2020

Contribution to " Making a Good First Impression. " (Episode 6 in Consolation Prize, a podcast about consuls from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University)

AAS December 4, 2020 Online

The Association for Asian Studies Digital Dialogue in honor of Professor Daniel H. Bays: "Rediscovering Historical China: A Reflection on the Work and Mentorship of Professor Daniel H. Bays (1942-2019)."

The Historical Society of Twentieth-Century China December 4, 2020

Virtual panel, “The Future for China Research,” organized by the Historical Society of Twentieth-Century China based in the United States.

AAS March 19, 2020 Boston roundtable

A Roundtable at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts for March 19, 2020, “Rediscovering Historical China: A Reflection on the Work and Mentorship of Professor Daniel H. Bays (1942-2019).” Cancelled due to COVID-19.

Invited talk at Royal Asiatic Society in Shanghai

Invited talk, "Trade Wars: Lessons from the History of U.S.-China Economic Relations," at the Royal Asiatic Society, Shanghai, September 2019.

In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres

Work, In Flanders Fields Museum, Ypres, Belgium

Work scene from In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium, August 2019.

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.

The Historical Society of Twentieth-Century China (HSTCC) Mini-Conference in Denver, Colorado, March 2019

On March 21, 2019, the HSTCC invited Dr. Wang to give a short talk entitled “Dynamics of publishing in the metric system of mainland Chinese universities.”

Erasmus Lecture on March 19, 2019 at Westmont College (Santa Barbara, California)

Dr. Wang was honored to present the Erasmus Lecture at Westmont College (Santa Barbara, California) on March 19, 2019, “Contemporary U.S.-China Relations: A Historical Perspective.”

Talk at the University of California Irvine in March 2019

On March 14, 2019, Dr. Wang was invited to present a talk at the University of California Irvine, entitled “Chinese Diaspora and Philanthropy in Higher Education.”

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