Q. Edward WANG

History Department
Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ 08028
856-256-4500 x 3990
E-MAIL: wangq@rowan.edu

(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.

Curriculum Vitae