Matthew   Mosca

Office: Blair 317
Regional Areas of Research: East and Inner Asia
Thematic Areas of Research: Borders and Borderlands, Comparative and Transnational, Imperialism and Colonialism, International Relations, Pacific World/Pacific Rim


Matthew Mosca received his PhD in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University in 2008, and has subsequently held fellowships at UC Berkeley and the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (University of Hong Kong).  In the 2013-4 academic year he held a Mellon Fellowship for Assistant Professors at the Institute for Advanced Study.  His teaching and research interests center on Chinese and Inner Asian history, specifically the history of the Qing empire (1644-1912), its foreign relations and place in global history, and the intellectual history of Qing-era geography and historiography. 

His book From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Transformation of Geopolitics in Qing China (Stanford UP) appeared in 2013 .  He has also published a number of articles, including "Empire and the Circulation of Frontier Intelligence: Qing Conceptions of the Ottomans" (Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 2010); "The Literati Rewriting of China in the Qianlong-Jiaqing Transition" (Late Imperial China, 2011); and "The Qing State and Its Awareness of Eurasian Interconnections, 1789-1806" (Eighteenth-Century Studies, 2014).

Currently, his primary research interest is the development of historiography on Chinggis Khan and the Mongol Empire between 1650 and 1900 in a Eurasian context.

He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of Modern China, East Asia, Qing Foreign Relations, Asian Empires and Borderlands, and Chinese Conceptions of Foreign Peoples.