James Reardon-Anderson

James Reardon-Anderson
Sun Yat-Sen Professor of Chinese Studies
301 ICC

Sun Yat-Sen Professor of Chinese Studies 

Senior Advisor to the Dean for Georgetown University in Qatar

James Reardon-Anderson is Sun Yat-sen Professor of Chinese Studies and Senior Advisor to the Dean for Georgetown University in Qatar.   Prof. Reardon-Anderson has been a member of the Georgetown University Faculty since 1985.  He previously taught at the University of Michigan and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, and has served as Director of the Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei (1980-81, 1988), Director of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library of Columbia University (1982-85), Director of the Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People’s Republic of China (1990-92); Director of Asian Studies at Georgetown (1992-1995); Director of the Georgetown University Master of Science in Foreign Service program (2002-05), and Dean of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar (2005-09).

Professor Reardon-Anderson is a specialist in modern Chinese history and the author of five books on China:  Yenan and the Great Powers: The Origins of Chinese Communist Foreign Policy (Columbia University Press, 1980), The Study of Change: Chemistry in China, 1840-1949 (Cambridge University Press, 1991), Pollution, Politics and Foreign Investment in Taiwan: The Lukang Rebellion (M.E. Sharpe, 1992), Grasslands and Grassland Science in Northern China (National Academy of Sciences Press, 1992), and his most recent book, Reluctant Pioneers: The Chinese Conquest of Manchuria, 1644-1937 (Stanford University Press, 2005).

Each fall, he teaches the required core course in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, “Globalization of Inter-Societal History” and each spring the required undergraduate course, “Map of the Modern World.”

Areas of Expertise: China, geography, history

  • Ph.D. (1975) Columbia University, Political Science