Xiaowei Zheng

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., UC San Diego
Modern Chinese History and Culture
HSSB 4219
Office Hours:
Time Period: 3:30-5:30 PM
Curriculum Vitae:

My research interests include local history of the Qing dynasty and early republican political culture, with a special focus on the emergence of popular nationalism and the potential of republicanism. I am also attracted to revolutions. I hope to understand people’s motivations and choices in the swirl of a revolution.


  • The Politics of Rights and the 1911 Revolution in China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.

Selected Articles:

  • “建构一个立宪国家:宣统元年四川咨议局中的讨论”
    In Zhongguo shixuehui ed., Jinian Xinhai geming yibai zhounian guoji xueshu yantaohui lunwenji (Beijing: Shehui kexue wenxian chubanshe, 2016), 361-373.
  • “Life and Memory of Sent-down Youth in Yunnan”
    In James Cook, Joshua Goldstein, Matthew Johnson, and Sigrid Schmalzer, eds., Visualizing Modern China: Image, History, and Memory, 1750-Present (Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2014), 96-119. http://visualizingmodernchina.org/
  • “Configuring a Constitutional State: Officials and Assemblymen at the 1909 Sichuan Provincial Assembly Meeting”
    Twentieth-Century China Vol. 38, No. 3 (October 2013): 230-253. http://www.maneyonline.com/toc/tcc/38/3
  • “成都における保路運動:国家主権(国権)と民衆の権利(民権)
    In Ogata Yasushi ed., The 1911 Revolution in Global History (Tokyo: Kyuko Shoin, 2013), 196-222. http://www.kyuko.asia/book/b110269.html
  • “Die Qinghua-Universität und chinesische Politik zu Zeiten der Kulturrevolution”
    In Alfreda Murck ed., Die Goldenen Mangos des Vorsitzenden Mao und die chinesische Kulturrevolution (Zurich: Scheidegger and Spiess, 2013), 16-35. http://www.amazon.de/Mango-Massenkult-Kulturrevolution-Alfreda-Murck/dp/3858813672
  • “Qinghua University and Chinese Politics during the Cultural Revolution”
    In Alfreda Murck ed., Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Chinese Cultural Revolution (Zurich: Scheidegger and Spiess, 2013), 16-35. http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/M/bo15616713.html
  • “Loyalty, Anxiety and Opportunism: Local Elite Activism during the Taiping Rebellion in Zhejiang, 1851-1864”
    Late Imperial China Vol. 30, No. 2 (December 2009): 39-83. https://muse.jhu.edu/journals/late_imperial_china/toc/late.30.2.html
  • “Passion, Reflection and Survival: Political Choices of Red Guards at Qinghua University, June 1966-July 1968”
    In Joseph Esherick, Paul Pickowicz, and Andrew Walder, eds., China’s Cultural Revolution As History (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006), 29-63. http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=9400

Book Reviews

  • Review for Joel Andreas, Rise of the Red Engineers: The Cultural Revolution and the Origins of Chinas New Class. Journal of Asian Studies 73.1 (February 2014).
  • Review for Dong Guoqiang, “The First Uprising of the Cultural Revolution at Nanjing University: Dynamics, Nature, and Interpretation.” H-Diplo Article Reviews 329 (October 2011).
  • Review for Complicated Currents: Media Flows, Soft Power, and East Asia, edited by Daniel Black, Stephen Epstein and Alison Tokita. Journal of Asian Studies 70.2 (June 2011).
  • Review for John E. Wills Jr., The World from 1450 to 1700. Journal of Asian Studies 70.1 (February 2011).

Courses Taught:

  • East Asian Culture and Civilization (EACS 4B)
  • The Qing Empire (CHIN/HIST 185A)
  • Republican and People’s Republic of China (CHIN/HIST 185B)
  • Proseminar in Modern Chinese History (CHIN/HIST 185P)
  • Reading Seminar in Modern Chinese History (CHIN/HIST 185CQ)
  • China’s Cultural Revolution (CHIN 185CR/285CR)
  • Great Books in East Asian History (HIST 200AS/EACS 200AS)
  • Research Workshop (HIST 204)