Eric Vanden Bussche, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


PhD, History, Stanford University, 2014

MS, Journalism, Columbia University, 2005

MA, Modern and Contemporary Chinese History, Beijing University, 2003

BA, History, University of Sao Paulo, 1997


Eric Vanden Bussche is a historian of Modern China with research and teaching interests that include comparative colonialism, borderlands, and the formation of national identities in East Asian and world history. His current book manuscript, “Contested Realms: Colonial Rivalry, Border Demarcation, and State-Building in Southwest China,” examines modern state-building along the Sino-Burmese border region from the late nineteenth century to 1960. Dr. Vanden Bussche’s research has been supported by several organizations in the U.S. and abroad, among them the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI), and the Center for Chinese Studies at the National Central Library in Taiwan.

Dr. Vanden Bussche has held academic appointments as lecturer at Stanford University, visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica in Taiwan, and lecturer at Beijing University. At Stanford, he received a teaching award for his course “The Making of Nationalism in Modern China” and served on the Teaching and Tutoring Practices Committee at the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Fluent in five languages, he has presented his research at academic conferences in North America, East Asia, and Europe, as well as to policy-makers and diplomats in foreign embassies in Beijing. He has also been interviewed on Chinese affairs by the BBC World Service (UK), Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), China Central Television (CCTV), People’s Daily (China), among other media outlets. He is a member of the Association for Asian Studies and the Latin American Studies Association.

Selected Publications

Contested Realms: Colonial Rivalry, Border Demarcation, and State Building in Southwest China, 1886-1960, book manuscript

Co-editor, Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation, and Identity of China’s Majority. California: University of California Press, 2012.

Co-author, Baxi Yu Zhongguo: Shijie Zhizu Biandongzhong de shuangfang guanxi (Brazil and China: Bilateral Relations in a Changing World Order). Beijing: Shijie Zhishi Press, 2001.

Books by Eric Vanden Bussche

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