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 has held academic appointments as lecturer at Stanford University and Beijing University. At Stanford, he received a teaching award for his course on nationalism in modern China. He was also a visiting scholar at the Institute of Modern History at Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

Fluent in five languages, Dr. Vanden Bussche has presented his research at universities in the U.S. and abroad, including Columbia University (U.S.), Kyoto University (Japan), and the University of Macau (China). He has been invited to give talks on Chinese affairs to policy-makers and diplomats at foreign embassies in Beijing. He has also been interviewed by the BBC World Service (UK), Folha de S. Paulo (Brazil), China Central Television (CCTV), People’s Daily (China), among other media outlets.

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