I am a professor of history at Harvard University, where I teach the history of the United States in the world and modern international history. I also direct Graduate Student Programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, where in 2022-23 I am also serving as the Center's Acting Director. In addition, I am co-chair of the Harvard International and Global History Seminar (HIGHS) and co-editor of a book series on Global and International History at Cambridge University Press.
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About My Research
I have published in a number of areas in 20th century international history. My current work looks at the global conversation about World War II as a "race war" and how it shaped visions for the postwar international order. An early publication in this vein was “The Fourth Policeman: Franklin Roosevelt’s Vision for China’s Global Role,” in Wu Sihua et al., eds., 開羅宣言的影響與意義 (The Significance and Impact of the Cairo Declaration) (2014). A broader essay, titled "Visions of One World," was published in Vol. III of The Cambridge History of America and the World (2022).
I have also studied the history of the World Health Organization's global smallpox eradication program in the 1960s and '70s and what it tells us about the intersection of superpower relations, international development, and international organizations in that era. (TLDR: sometimes superpower competition can spur, rather than impede, international cooperation). In this context I also co-edited (and contributed to) two anthologies: The Development Century: A Global History (2018) and The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (2010).
I have also published extensively on World War I and its global aftermath. The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (2007) argued that U.S. attempts to recast international order in the wake of World War I helped spark uprisings across the colonial world that profoundly shaped subsequent histories. Empires at War, 1911-1923 (2014), co-edited with Robert Gerwarth, reframed the Great War as a global war of empires. An updated reflection on this topic, "Asia in the Global 1919", was recently published in the Journal of Asian Studies.
Finally, I have longstanding interests in conceptual, methodological, and historiographical questions in international history, most recently explored in an essay on "International Society as a Historical Subject" (2020). An earlier state-of-the-field essay on the history of the United States in the world in American History Now (2011) can be read here. For Chinese readers, an interview on the "Method and Practice of International History" (国际史的方法与实践) is here.
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