Judd Kinzley

I am a historian of modern China with research and teaching interests that include environmental history, state power, industrial development, and wartime mobilization. My research tends to center around understanding the connections that exist between state power and the natural world in various Chinese peripheral and border regions. I am currently working on a manuscript on mining and the extension of the Chinese state into Xinjiang province in China’s far west during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


  • PhD - University of California, San Diego, 2012
  • MA - Washington University in St. Louis, 2005
  • BA - Macalester College, 1999 

Selected Publications:

  • "Xinjiang at the Center," in Chinese History for Today: Key Themes. Naomi Standen, ed. (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield) 2012 (forthcoming).
  • “Crisis and the Development of China’s Southwestern Periphery: the Transformation of Panzhihua, 1936-1969,” Modern China 38, no. 5 (Sept. 2012), 559-584.
  • “Turning Prospectors into Settlers: Gold, Immigrant Miners and the Settlement of the Frontier in Late Qing Xinjiang” in Paul Pickowicz and Sherman Cochran, eds., China on the Margins (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University East Asia Series, 2010).

Selected Awards:

  • Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • Dissertation writing fellowship, Department of History, University of California, San Diego, 2011-2012
  • All University of California Group in Economic History Research Grant Award, 2010
  • Association of Asian Studies, China and Inner Asian Council Grant, 2010
  • Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award (DDRA), 2009
  • Pacific Rim Research Program, Advanced Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient (declined), 2009
  • University of California, San Diego Chinese Studies Fellowship, 2006
  • Macalester College Yahya Armajani Endowed Award for Excellence in Non-Western History Study, 1999

Advisor To:

  • Shiyi Xiang

History Courses:

  • History 225 - Exploration 3rd World History - Topic: "Does Mao Still Matter?"
  • History 341 - History of Modern China, 1800-1949 - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History 363 - China and World War II in Asia - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)

Judd Kinzley

Assistant Professor



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