Alan Baumler

  • Alan Baumler Professor of History

    Asian Studies Director

    • Office: 304M Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    • Phone: 724-357-2284
    • Email:

    Spring 2021 Office Hours

    • Monday–Friday: 11:00 a.m.–Noon
    • Additional hours by appointment
    • Via email and Zoom


    • PhD, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1997)

    Academic Interests

    • Modern Chinese History:  opium, public health, aviation, gender, military


    Professor Baumler is the department’s specialist on China and also teaches classes on Japanese and Asian history. He is currently working on a project on the history of aviation in China. He also serves as coordinator of the Asian Studies Program. His publications include:

    “Masculinity, Femininity, Sacrifice, and Celebrity during China’s War of Resistance: Telling the Lives of the Aviators Yan Haiwen (1916-37) and Lee Ya-Ching (1912-98)” Nan Nü :Men, Women and Gender in China  22:1 (Spring 2020): 70-115

    Routledge Handbook of Revolutionary China (editor) New York: Routledge, 2019

    “Keep Calm and Carry On: Airmindedness and Mass Mobilization during the War of Resistance.” Journal of Chinese Military History 5.1 (June, 2016): 1–36.

    Worse Than Floods and Wild Beasts: The Chinese and Opium Under the Republic Albany: State University Of New York Press, 2007.

    Download a full version of Baumler’s curriculum vitae in PDF format.

    Spring 2021 Courses

    • ASIA 200 - Introduction to Asian Studies
    • HIST 220 - Visual Sources in History
    • HIST 395 - Introduction to Historical Research

    Fall 2021 Courses

    • HIST 106 - Samurai and Gongfu Heroes:  Masculinity in East Asia
    • HIST 198 - Explorations in Global History
    • HIST 437 - History of Modern Japan