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Wang Xi

Wang Xi (Professor; Ph.D., Columbia, 1993) specializes in the political history of 19th-century United States and teaches courses in Civil War and Reconstruction and African American history.

His seminars cover such topics as slavery, citizenship, constitutional history, and American state- and nation-building. He is the author of The Trial of Democracy: Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1860–1910 (1997, 2012), Principles and Compromises: The Spirit and Practice of the American Constitution (in Chinese, 2000, exp. ed., 2005, 3rd ed., 2012), and Discovering History in America: Reflections of Chinese Historians in the United States (in Chinese, co-edited with Yao Ping, 2010).

His book translations include Eric Foner’s The Story of American Freedom (2002, 2003, 2005) and Give Me Liberty: An American History (two volumes, 2010).

Since 2003, he has been serving as the editor of the Chinese Historical Review, a transnational journal of history published by U.K.-based Maney Publishing.

A native of China, Wang Xi regularly lectures on American history in Peking University, where he holds a Changjiang Professorship in the History Department.

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    390 Pratt Drive
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