Assistant Professor of History

ASB 369


Professor Yun Xia is joining the Department of History in 2012, and will teach courses on East Asian history. Dr. Xia’s research focuses on 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. Her doctoral dissertation examines the Second Sino-Japanese War period (1937–1945), a moment when the war interrupted the ongoing, although often problematic, legal reform in China, and when the Nationalist (Guomindang) government adopted legal and extra legal means to punish enemies of the state. By analyzing state-directed and popular campaigns against collaborators during the war, Dr. Xia’s study considers the role of these campaigns in the political struggles of the Nationalist government, the interplay between discourses of law and morality, and the interactions of legal professionals, intellectuals and commoners in the development of Chinese nationalism. Dr. Xia is also interested in the development and stratification of the Chinese legal profession, gender studies, and films. She looks forward to offering courses on a variety of topics related to East Asia, including courses on history through film.


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


  • Current Research
    • Work in Progress “Legal Professionals, Barefoot Lawyers and the Chinese State — Historicizing the Chen Guangcheng Case.”
  • Books
    • Traitors to the Chinese Race (Hanjian): Political and Cultural Campaigns against Collaborators during the Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945


Xia recently had a four-volume translation titled Compendium of Chinese Medical Wisdom published.  Xia served as the chief translator of the project.

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