Professor Wang Xi 王希 specializes in the political history of the 19th-century United States and teaches courses on American Civil War and Reconstruction, African American history, and US Constitutional History, in addition to Liberal Studies courses.
His seminars cover such topics as slavery, citizenship, suffrage, and American state- and nation-building.
He is the author of The Trial of
Democracy: Black Suffrage and Northern Republicans, 860–1910 (1997), Principles
and Compromises: The Spirit and Practice of the American Constitution Expanded
Edition* (2014); and Political Systems of the Western
Countries* (co-authored, 2011). His edited and co-edited books include: Eric Foner, Political Legacies of the Nineteenth Century United
States* (2020); Trans-Pacific Conversations: Doing
History in a Global Age* (2017), Pathmakers:
Conversations with Renowned Historians* (2015), Chongqing in
Historical China and World: Selected Papers on Chongqing History* (2013); and
Discovering History in America: Reflections of Chinese Historians
in the United States* (2010). [*In Chinese] His research articles appear in academic journals in the United States and China, including the Civil
War History and Historical Research.
He has translated a number of books from English into Chinese, including Eric Foner’s The Story of American
Freedom (2002), Give Me Liberty: An American History (2010), American
History: Ideals and Realities (2017). He served as the chief-editor of The Chinese Historical
Review from 2003 to 2014.
A native of China, Wang Xi regularly lectures at Peking University, China, where he holds a Changjiang Professorship in the History Department and has trained PhD and MA students in US history.