Alan Baumler Professor of History

Asian Studies Director


  • 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 N :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 2022 Courses

  • ASIA 200 - Introduction to Asian Studies
  • HIST 198 - Explorations in Global History-Rise of Modern Asia
  • HIST 332 - History of Early China

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