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Chunmei Du

Chunmei DuChunmei Du

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009

Fields: Modern China and East Asia

Office:  Cherry Hall 236

Phone:  (270) 745-5743



Research Interests

My research examines modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history in global contexts. My focus is on cultural syncretism and identity constructions of Chineseness. My first book manuscript, “Travel along the Mobius Strip: Gu Hongming and the Reinvention of Chinese Civilization,” examines the controversial life and ideas of Gu Hongming (1857-1928), a former British colonial subject who became a renowned Confucian philosopher. It shows how global discourses of Eastern spirituality, advocated by representatives like Gu, affected certain core civilizational identities of the West in the early twentieth century. My second project is a cultural history of happiness and healing in modern China. I have published in various journals including Journal of World History, The International History Review, Visual Studies, and Frontiers of History in China. I have extensive research experience in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia, and have received grants from the American Philosophical Society and Fudan University of China. I served on the board of Chinese Historians in the U.S. from 2012 to 2014. Besides my regular teaching and research, I am also developing multicultural counseling services helping international students and immigrant communities.


Teaching Interests

I teach undergraduate courses on Chinese, East Asian, and World History, and graduate-level courses on modern China and Japan.



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