Wang Xi

Wang XiProfessor


  • PhD, Columbia (1993)

Academic Interests

  • 19th Century US political history
  • African American History
  • U.S. Constitutional History
  • Civil War and Reconstruction


Professor Wang Xi 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, 860-1910 (1997), Principles and Compromises: The Spirit and Practice of the American Constitution Expanded Edition* (2014); and Political Systems of the Western Countries* (co-authored, 2011). His edited and co-edited books include: Eric Foner, Political Legacies of the Nineteenth Century United States* (2020); Trans-Pacific Conversations: Doing History in a Global Age* (2017), Pathmakers: Conversations with Renowned Historians* (2015), Chongqing in Historical China and World: Selected Papers on Chongqing History* (2013); and Discovering History in America: Reflections of Chinese Historians in the United States* (2010). [*In Chinese] His research articles appear in academic journals in the United States and China, including the Civil War History and Historical Research.

He has translated a number of books from English into Chinese, including Eric Foner's The Story of American Freedom (2002), Give Me Liberty: An American History (2010), American History: Ideals and Realities (2017). He served as the chief-editor of The Chinese Historical Review from 2003 to 2014.

A native of China, Wang Xi regularly lectures at Peking University, China, where he holds a Changjiang Professorship in the History Department and has trained PhD and MA students in US history.