Yun Xia

Assistant Professor of History

Arts and Science Building 369


B.A. – Beijing University
M.A. and Ph.D. – University of Oregon

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to East Asia
  • Twentieth Century World History
  • Modern China
  • Modern Japan
  • History Through Film: Organized Crime in East Asia
  • Chinese Culture and Civilization
  • Law and Society in China
  • Chinese and Japanese Studies Senior Seminar
  • Seminar: Clash and Collaboration: China-Japan Relations

Scholarly Contributions

Down with Traitors: The Politics of Justice in China, 1930s-1950s. Monography. Accepted by the University of Washington Press for publication.

Compendium of Wisdom from Chinese Medical Classics. Co-edited with Xu Jing Sheng and translated by Yun Xia.  Zhengzhou: Henan keji chubanshe, 2015.

“Chinese Justice System during War and Occupation”(current project)

“The Shanghai Jewish Refugees”(current project in collaboration with Prof. Kevin Ostoyich and Prof. Gao Bei)

A number of journal articles, book chapters and book reviews.


Dr. Yun Xia joined the History Department in the Fall of 2012 after completing her Ph.D. and teaching at Seattle University for two years. She has served as the acting chair of the Chinese and Japanese Studies Program (2013-2014) and the resident director of Valpo’s Study Abroad Center in Hangzhou, China (fall 2015). She is a board member of the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University, and has organized numerous events on campus and beyond to promote East Asian culture, including the annual Chinese Moon Festival, Spring Festival and Speech Contests.

Dr. Xia teaches a variety of courses on China and Japan that cater to history majors, international studies majors as well as the general student population at VU who look to fulfill cultural diversity requirement or to broaden their horizon. As a historian of modern China, Dr. Xia has produced work on Chinese legal history, gender, film studies, and Chinese medicine. Her major scholarly projects focus on the history and prospect of China’s legal reforms, Chinese nationalism and political culture, as well as the historical memory of the wars and dislocation in the 1930s-1950s, which still shapes the identity and policies of contemporary China.


Chinese law and society, Sino-Japanese relations, nationalism, gender, organized crime, East Asian films

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