Matthew Mosca's teaching and research interests center on Chinese and Inner Asian history, specifically the history of the Qing empire (1644-1912), its foreign relations and place in global history, and the intellectual history of Qing-era geography and historiography. Currently, his primary research interest is the development of historiography on Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire between 1650 and 1900 in a Eurasian context. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Modern China, East Asia, Qing Foreign Relations, Asian Empires and Borderlands, and Chinese Conceptions of Foreign Peoples.
Having received his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University in 2008, Matthew Mosca has subsequently held fellowships at the University of California, Berkeley and the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Hong Kong. In the 2013-4 academic year he held a Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors at the Institute for Advanced Study.
Division: Asia--Pre-History to the Present
Graduate students taking a field in Late Imperial Chinese History will develop a general knowledge of the Ming and Qing periods (1368-1912), the development of relevant historiography, particularly in English, and specialized expertise in one or more subfields. The field will cover both China and Inner Asia. A reading list will be determined in consultation with the instructor. Students for whom Late Imperial China is their primary field will be expected to command at least literary and modern Chinese in order to develop research proficiency. Students taking this as a secondary field are not required to know Chinese.