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James Alexander Cook


Current Appointments 

Associate Director, Asian Studies Center, and University Center for International Studies (UCIS), University of Pittsburgh, 2011-present.

 

Arthur Lynn Andrews Chair in Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, August 2013-present.

 

Principal Investigator, Negotiations and Impacts: Great Western Development, Rural Peasants, and Water Policy across China’s Loess Plateau grant #1213575, National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, 2009-Present.

 

Academic Advisor (学术顾问) Northwest Socioeconomic Development Research Center of Northwest University (西北大学 西北社会经济发展研究中心), 2006—Present.

 

Researcher (客座研究员), Center for Historical Environment and Socioeconomic Development in Northwestern China (西北历史环境与社会经济发簪研究中心), Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, 2008-Present.

 

Researcher (客座研究员), Northeast Asia Research Institute (东北亚洲研究所), Peking University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, May 2002—Present.

 

 

Education

December 1998                                   Ph.D., East Asian History, University of California, San Diego.

Advisors: Joseph Esherick, Paul Pickowicz, Takashi Fujitani, and Dorothy Ko

                                                          

December 1996                                   Ph.D. Candidacy, East Asian History, University of California,                                                           San Diego.

 

June 1993                                M.A., Chinese Studies, University of California, San Diego.

 

July 1991                                 Certificate in Mandarin, Center for Teaching Chinese to Foreigners, Peking University.

 

June 1987                                B.A., Political Science, University of California, Santa Cruz. 

 

Past Appointments

Director, Asia Pacific Studies Program, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, 2009—2011.

 

Associate Professor, Department of History, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, 2004-2011.

 

Co-Principal Investigator, “Economy and Society in South China,” National Science Foundation Grant #0139677, 2002-2007.

 

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, 1998-2004.                                          

 

Current Publications

 

Visualizing China: A Visual History of Modern China, eds. James Cook, Joshua Goldstein, and Sigrid Schmalzer, Lexington Press, 2014.

 

“China's New Sorrow: Water-Management Policies, Environmental Degradation, and Salar-Tibetan Minority Relations in Qinghai Province,” Twentieth Century China 38.2 (Co-authored with student authors Derek Huls, Marc Janke, and Yesenia Gallardo.)

 

“A Transnational Revolution: Sun Yatsen, Overseas Chinese, and the Revolutionary Movement in Xiamen, 1900-12,” in Sun Yat-sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution, ed. Lee Lai To and Lee Hock Guan, 127-162 . Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2011.

 

“Colonial Refractions: Xiamen as a Transnational Landscape,” in Reassessing Asia in the Light of Urban and Architectural History, ed. Executive Committee of the International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture, 177-187. Kyoto: Kyoto University, 2006.

 

“Re-Imagining China: Xiamen, Overseas Chinese, and a Transnational Modernity,” in Materializing Modernity: Changes in Everyday Life in Twentieth Century China, eds.Yue Dong and Joshua Goldstein, 156-194. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2006.

 

“New Ports: The Zheng He Voyages and Economic/Political Development in the South China Sea, 1403-1687,” in Zheng He yuanhang yu shijie wenming (郑和远航与世界文明, The Zheng He Voyages and World Culture), ed. Wang Tianyou, Yu Rui, and Wan Ming, 456-467. Beijing: Peking University Press, 2005.

 

Review of Hsu, Madeline, Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration between the United States and South China, 1882-1943.  In the Journal of Asian Studies, July 2004.

 

Review of The Last Half Century of the Chinese Overseas. Edited by Elizabeth Sinn.  In Journal of World History 11 (October 2000), pp.123-125.

 

“Currents of Education and Identity: Overseas Chinese and Minnan Schools, 1912-1937,” Twentieth Century China, 25.2 (April 2000): 1-31.

 

“Bridges to Modernity: Xiamen, Overseas Chinese and Southeast Coastal Modernization, 1843-1937,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, San Diego, December 1998.

 

“Penetration and Neocolonialism: The Shen Chong Rape Case and the Anti-American Student Movement of 1946-47,” Republican China, 22.1 (November 1996):  65-97.

 

“Faxisizhuyi yu Nanjing da tusha, 法 西 斯 主 义 与 南 京 大 屠 杀 (Fascism and the Nanjing Massacre),” Beijing daxue lishixi 1995 baogaoji  北 京 大 学 历 史 系 1995 报 告 集 (Historical Reports of the History Department of Beijing University, 1995), December 1995.

 

“The Gold Coin Uprising,” M.A. thesis, University of California, San Diego, June 1993.

 

“Mao Zedong and Chinese Foreign Policy,” B.A. thesis, University of California, Santa Cruz, June 1987.

 

 

Currently Under Review/Revision

 

Building a Transnational China: Xiamen, Overseas Chinese, and the South China Sea, 1840-1940, Center for East Asia Studies, Harvard University Press. (Positive review and under revision)

 

Presentations

 

“The Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia,” invited lecture for International Education Week 2013 at Kapi’olani Community College, Honolulu, HI, November 2013.

 

“Constructing Chinese Cosmopolitanism: Southeast Asia, Overseas Chinese, and Xiamen, 1842-1937,” Arthur Lynn Andrews Chair Invited Public Lecture, School of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Hawai’i, Manoa, Honolulu, HI, October 2013.

 

“Models of Successful Field-based REU Programs: Designing and Coordinating Meaningful REU Experiences,” presented at the Value, Impact, and Best Practices: Maximizing REU SBE Potential Conference, Council on Undergraduate Research, Arlington, VA, September 2012.

“Concrete Transnationalism: Urban Development and Identity within Hokkien China,” presented at the Asian Crossings, 1789-1914 conference sponsored by the Social Science Research Council and the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, June 2012.

 

“Water and Woodsheds: Minority Peoples and Natural Resources Management in Northwest China, 1890-1978,” presented at the Asian Studies Development Program 18th National Conference, Seattle WA, March 2012

 

“Salar-Tibetan Relations in southern Qinghai,” presented at the Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Pomona College, Pomona, CA, June 2011.

 

“Water and Minority Relations under the People’s Republic,” presented at the Asian Studies Development Program 17th National Conference, Boston, MA, March 2011.

 

“Xiamen as a Transnational Revolution,” presented at the Conference on Sun Yat-sen, Nanyang and the 1911 Revolution, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore, October 2010.

 

“Redrawing Pastoral-Agricultural Boundaries: PRC Agricultural and Development Policies in Qinghai” presented at the Asian Studies Development Program 16th National Conference, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, HI,  June 2009.

 

“Desertification in China’s Kuwait: Yulin and the Environment,” invited paper presented at the Opening and Reform in Northwest China  conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, April 2009.

 

“Great Western Desertification: Reform and Environment in Northwest China,” presented at the National Conference of the Association of Asian Studies, Chicago, IL, March 2009

 

“Xinjiang in the Development of China’s West,” presented at Shaanxi Normal University, invited lecture, December 2008.

 

“A History of Western Development,” presented at the Assessment of Western China Development and Future Prospects Conference, Northwestern University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, July 2008.

 

“China’s ‘Western Development’ in Historical Perspective,” presented at the China’s Great Western Development: Evaluations and Perspectives on China’s Most Sweeping Development Initiative Conference at the University of Southern California, October 2007.

 

“Colonial Refractions: Xiamen as a Transnational Landscape,” presented at the International Conference on East Asian Architectural Culture, Kyoto University, November 2006.

 

“Rethinking ‘China’: Overseas Chinese and China’s Modernity,” presented at the Visualizing the Chinese Past: Memory, Image, and History in China, 1700- Present conference, University of California, San Diego, May 2005.

 

“Remaking Chang’an: Urbanization and Development in 20th Century Xi’an,” presented at the Western Conference of the Association of Asian Studies 2004 Conference, University of Washington, October 2004.

 

Grants Funded

 

Early Modern Japan and the Pacific World, Institutional Project Support Program in Japanese Studies, Japan Foundation for $92,000.

 

Nourishing the Future: Targeting Infants and their Caregivers to Reduce Under-nutrition in Rural China, China Medical Board, Beijing, China for $150,000.

 

Negotiations and Impacts: Great Western Development, Rural Peasants, and Water Policy across China’s Loess Plateau, National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant for $403,000.

 

“Infusing Southeast Asia into the Secondary School Curriculum of Washington State.” Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program for $98,094.00.

 

“Water and Development in Northwest China.” Grant funded by the Casten Family Foundation for $4,261.00 to finance research on the impact of water allocation polices on development in rural Shaanxi province, China.

 

“Modern Chinese Language.”  Grant funded by the Casten Family Foundation to fund a full-time position in Mandarin at Central Washington University.  Total funding is $90,000 over three years.

 

“Society and Environment in South China.”  Proposal funded by National Science Foundation to establish a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in China for 2002-2005.  Research conducted at Shanghai Jiaotong University and Xiamen University.  Total funding from NSF is $326,000.  CWU funding is estimated at $250,000.

 

“Humankind and Environment in South China.”  Proposal funded for $22,500 by the Alice and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation and the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research to support undergraduate research into environmental stability in southern China. 

 

“China in the 21st Century.”  Organized and authored funding proposal for a lecture series funded by the Central Washington University Faculty Development Program.

 

“Sustainability in Urban China: Environment, Pollution, and Society in 21st Century Beijing.”  Authored proposal that was funded for over $80,000 by the Alice and Leslie E. Lancy Foundation, National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, and Central Washington University to support undergraduate research into environmental stability in China.  Program conducted by Central Washington University, National Jiaotong University, and the East-West Center, University of Hawaii in summer 2001.

 

College of Arts and Humanities Travel Award, Central Washington University, December 2000.

 

Small Grants Award, “Minnan Schools,” College of Graduate Studies, Central Washington University, March 2000.

 

Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association, January 2000.

 

Interdisciplinary Teaching Award, College of Arts and Humanities, Central Washington University, 1999.

 

Summer Creativity Grant, College of Arts and Humanities, Central Washington University, June 1999.

 

Small Grants Award, “Bridges to Modernity,” College of Graduate Studies, Central Washington University, June 1999.

 

Professional Affiliations

 

Member, American Historical Association, Association for Asian Studies, Mid-Atlantic  Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Historical Society for Twentieth Century China, International Society for the Study of the Chinese Overseas.

 

Courses Taught

 

History 103 – World Civilization since 1815.

Asian Studies 102 – Introduction to Asian Studies.

History 302 – Introduction to History (Methods)

History 381—Modern Southeast Asia.

History 383 – East Asian Civilizations, Antiquity-1700.

History 385 – Modern East Asia, 1700-1989.

History 398—Racism: Yesterday and Today.

Asian Studies 398 – China Today

History 481 – Understanding History

History 483 – Modern China.

History 484 – Modern Japan.

History 485—History of the People’s Republic of China.

History 511 – Graduate Historiography

History 517 – Popular Culture (Graduate Seminar)

 

University Study Abroad Opportunities Organized

Beijing, China, March 2000, July 2001, March 2002, March 2003

Shanghai, China, July 2002

Cambodia/Vietnam, March 2004

Xi’an, China, July 2004

India, March 2005

Tokyo, Kyoto, Japan, March 2006

 

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