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Yajun Mo

Assistant Professor of History

B.A., Fudan UniversityM.Phil., The Chinese University of Hong Kong
M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz


Yajun Mo joined the LIU Post faculty in Fall 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the History Department. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian history in 2011 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her dissertation, Itineraries for a Republic, Travel Culture and Tourism in Modern China, 1866-1954, traces the development of modern Chinese tourism and diverse experiences of travel in China from the last years of the Qing dynasty to the early years of the People’s Republic, illustrating how the sense of national belonging was formulated in a country with vast regional differences in an age of political fragmentation. Before joining LIU Post, she was Visiting Assistant Professor of East Asian History at Albion College for the 2011 academic year. Dr. Mo’s research and teaching interests span modern East Asia and China, especially the social, cultural, and gender history of the twentieth century.


Modern East Asian History, Modern Chinese Social and Cultural History, History Travel and Tourism, Women’s and Gender History, World History


Chinese co-translator, "Chinese Nationalism,"(2003) by James Townsend (with Lin Yu)
Chinese co-translator, "What's in a field? Women, China, History, and the 'What next?' Question," (2005) by Gail Hershatter (with Yu Fengzhen and Ye Yijun)
Chinese translator, "Getting a Life: The Production of 1950s Women Labor Models in Rural Shaanxi," (2011) by Gail Hershatter
Author, "The New Frontier, Zhuang Xueben and Xikang Province," published in Chinese History in Geographical Perspective (forthcoming)

Lectures and Presentations

Presenter, "'Go to the Northwest": Travel, Science, and Nation-building in Republican China," The Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Santa Clara University (2010)
Presenter, "The New Frontier: Zhuang Xueben and Xikang Province, 1938-1941," Chinese History in Geographical Perspective: 1500 to the Present, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, ( 2011)
Presenter, "China as She Is: Travel, Print Culture, and the Nation in Republican Shanghai," New England Association for Asian Studies Conference, Wellesley College (2011)
Presenter, "Rewriting China"s Past through Frontiers: Xu Xusheng and the 'Scientific Expedition to the Northwestern Provinces," 1927-28," Twenty-First Annual World History Association Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico (2012)


Recipient, Research Grant, Albion College (2012)
Recipient, Chancellor's Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of California, Santa Cruz (2010-2011)
Recipient, Pacific Rim Research Grant, University of California (2008-2009)
Recipient, Ito Foundation USA Fellowship (2007-2008)
Recipient, Mok Hing Cheong Postgraduate Scholarship, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (2004)

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Historical Association
Member, Association for Asian Studies
Member, World History Association

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