Professor Wang Xi (PhD, Columbia, 1993) specializes in the political history of the 19th-century United States and teaches courses on American Civil War and Reconstruction, African American history, and US Constitutional History, in addition to Liberal
Studies courses. His seminars cover such topics as slavery, citizenship, suffrage, and American state- and nation-building.
He is the author of The Trial of Democracy: Black
Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 1860–1910 (1997, paperback, 2012; e-book ed., 2013), Principles and Compromises:
The Spirit and Practice of the American Constitution (in Chinese, 2000; revised ed., 2005; expanded ed. 2014; e-book ed., 2016); and Political Systems of the Western Countries (in Chinese, co-authored, 2011). His edited books include: Trans-Pacific Conversations: Doing History in a Global Age (with Xiao Hongsong, 2017), Pathmakers:
Conversations with Renowned Historians (in Chinese, with Lu Hanchao and Yao Ping, 2015), Chongqing in Historical
China and World: Selected Papers on Chongqing History (in Chinese, 2013); and Discovering History in America: Reflections
of Chinese Historians in the United States (in Chinese, co-edited with Yao Ping, 2010). He has translated a number of books from English into Chinese, including Eric Foner’s The Story of
American Freedom (2002, 2nd ed., 2013) and Give Me Liberty: An American History (two volumes, 2010, reprint 2013).
From 2003 to 2014, he served as the editor-in-chief of the
Chinese Historical Review, a peer-reviewed transnational journal of history now published by Francis & Taylor, Inc.
A native of China, Wang Xi regularly lectures on American history in Peking University, where he holds a Changjiang Professorship in the History Department.