Assistant Professor
ASB 369


M.A. and Ph.D. in History – University of Oregon
B.A. in History and Double Major in Economics – Beijing University


Professor Yun Xia joined Valparaiso University in 2012 and teaches history courses on East Asia. Professor Xia’s research interests are in Chinese legal history and legal reform, in the context of the transformation of political and legal institutions in China since the last several decades of the nineteenth century. She is currently working on a book that examines the changing nature of Chinese laws, judiciary, and political culture through a study of political, legal, and cultural campaigns against Chinese collaborators who emerged during the Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). Professor Xia is also interested in film studies, gender, and Sino-Japanese relations and will offer undergraduate and graduate level courses in these areas.

Research Interests

  • Modern Chinese History
  • Film Studies
  • Chinese Law and Society
  • Japanese History