Q. Edward WANG
Glassboro, NJ 08028
856-256-4500 x 3990
(my latest book)
Teaching & Research Interest
I am a cultural and
intellectual historian interested in theoretical issues in the study of history
and historical writing, especially from a comparative perspective. I teach
courses on modern Chinese and Japanese histories as well as Historical Methods
and Western Civilization. My research focuses on the interface of traditional
and modern elements in the development of historical study in East
Asia and the impact of cross-cultural dialogues on shaping the
historical profession worldwide. My Inventing
China through History: the May Fourth Approach to Historiography (2001)
discusses the influence of nationalism and scientism in the transformation of
historical writing in modern China.
Since then I have coauthored a book entitled Postmodernism and Historiography: A Chinese-Western Comparison
(2002) in Chinese and co-edited Turning
Points in Historiography: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (2002) in English.
My more recent English publications include a coauthored book, Mirroring the Past: The Use and Writing of
History in Imperial China (2005), which won Choice's Outstanding Academic Title, and a co-edited volume, The Many Faces of Clio: Cross-Cultural
Approaches to Historiography (2007). A coauthored A Global History of Modern Historiography (shown above) is
forthcoming from Pearson/Longman in early 2008. I was chair of the History
Department between 1998 and 2007, whereas now I coordinate the Asian Studies Program.
I am also a Changjiang Visiting Professor at Beijing University in China
and secretary general of the International Commission for
the History and Theory of Historiography.