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David G. Atwill

David G. Atwill

Director of Graduate Studies

Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies

108G Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1218

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. PhD, University of Hawai'i, 1999
  2. MA, University of Hawai'i, 1994
  3. BA, Whitman College, 1989

Biography:

Currently, I am Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies and serve as the Department of History's Director of Graduate Studies.

My early research largely centered on the ethno-religious identity of the Muslim Chinese (or Hui) in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan culminating in the publication ofThe Chinese Sultanate: Islam, Ethnicity and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwestern China, 1856-1873(Stanford University Press, 2006). A firm believer that a strong teacher makes a strong scholar, I co-authored with Yurong Yang Atwill, Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present, which was published with Prentice Hall in March 2009. More recently, I have been dividing my time between two distinct projects the first on a re-examination of Qing China's 'corridors of contact' as seen through the eyes of Lin Zexu and a broad study of the Tibetan Muslims. On the Tibetan Muslims (or Khache) I have published an article, "A Tibetan By Any Other Name" and a forthcoming article in Journal of Asian Studies entitled "Boundaries of Belonging: Sino-­Indian Relations and the 1960 Tibetan Muslim Incident." My monograph, Islamic Shangri-labased on archival research and interviews across six countries and three continents, is under review. Finally, this year I will begin a short biography of Lin Zexu which is under contract with Oxford University Press.

Recent Publications:

“Boundaries of Belonging: Sino-Indian Relations and the 1960 Tibetan Muslim Incident,” Journal of Asian Studies 75(3) August 2016.

A Tibetan By Any Other Name: The Case of Muslim Tibetans and Ambiguous Ethno-religious Identities” Cahiers d’Extrême Asie 23 (2014): 31-61.

Sources in Chinese History: Diverse Perspectives from 1644 to the Present (Co-edited with Yurong Y. Atwill), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2009.

"Holy Culture Wars: Patterns of Ethno-Religious Violence in 19th and 20th Century China," in Belief and Bloodshed: Religion and Violence Across Time and Traditions. Ed. James Wellman, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007

The Chinese Sultanate: Islam, Ethnicity and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwestern China, 1856-1873, Stanford University Press, 2006.

"Blinkered Visions: Islamic Identity, Hui Ethnicity, and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwest China, 1856-1874," Journal of Asian Studies 62(4), 2003

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Awards and Fellowships:

Fellow, Public Intellectuals Program, National Committee of China-US Affairs (2014-2016)
NEH FPIRI Fellow (administered by American Institute of Indian Studies) (2015)
Supplemental New Direction Fellowship, Mellon Foundation (2011-2013)
Confucius Institute Workshop Grant, “China in Motion: Urban-Rural Migration in Modern China” (2011)
New Direction Fellowship, Mellon Foundation (2007-2010)
Fulbright Scholar Research Award, China (2007-2008)

Recent Courses:

HIST10 - World History to 1500
HIST175 - Modern East Asia
HIST188 - Tibet: People, Places & Spaces
HIST302W - Senior Seminar: Tibet

HIST485Y - Nineteenth-Century China

HIST500 - Theory, Method and Practice of History (Graduate Seminar)
HIST581 - Late Imperial and Modern China (Graduate Seminar)
HIST588 - Ethnicity and Borderlands in Late Imperial China (Graduate Seminar)

Research Interests:

Late Imperial and Republican era China, Tibetan Muslims, Ethnographic History, Transnational and Transregional History, Chinese Borderlands
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