Dr. John Leung

Associate Professor
(BA Northwestern University; MA, PhD, Brown University, 1982) Chinese intellectual and social history, Modern China, Modern Japan
Email: John.Leung@nau.edu
Office phone: 928-523-6209
Office LA 209D

Research and teaching interest 

A scholar of modern and contemporary Asian history (China and Japan) with a deep-seated comparative-history bent, I have published two volumes on The Writings of Mao Zedong, 1949-1976 and ten articles on modern China.

I am currently devoting myself to the research of the history of women’s education in late-19th and early-20th century China. I am dedicated to the globalizing of NAU’s History curriculum, to the introduction of gender and ethnic minority histories into the mainstream of the historiography of all societies to which such historiographies pertain, to the improvement of undergraduate research in the History program by raising critical and analytical reading and research standards in all levels of courses, and to the enhancement of NAU’s History-Social Studies Education program.

Courses taught 

HIS 200 (Historians and the Study of History)
HIS 250 (Pre-Modern East Asia)
HIS 251 (The Making of Modern Asia)
HIS 297 (Women in Asia)
HIS 300W (Junior-Level Writing-Intensive Seminar)
HIS 325 (Modern China)
HIS 332 (Modern Japan)
HIS 421 (History of Chinese Political Thought)
HIS 425 (Contemporary China: The History of the People's Republic)
HIS 434 (Japan Since World War II)
HIS 498 (Senior Seminar)
HIS 520 (Readings in Asian History)

List of recent publications 

Biographical essays in Political Leaders of Modern China (Greenwood Press, 2002)

Book review, Wang Aihe, Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China and Ge Zhaoguang, Qi shiji qian de Zhongguo zi shixiang shijie yu wenhua (The World of Thought and Spiritual Civilization in Pre-Seventh-Century BCE China), in The China Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Greater China, vol. 2, no. 1 (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fall 2002)

Book review, Jane E. Elliot, Some Did It For Civilization, Some Did It For Their Country: A Revised View of The Boxer War (Forthcoming, submitted to The Australian Journal of Chinese Studies.)

Professional service 

Extramurally, my professional services include the presidency and executive treasurer’s post in the Western Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, vice-presidency of the Board for Homeland Ministries of the United Church of Christ, member of the executive committee of the Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, and Moderator-Elect of the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ.