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Christopher Agnew

Associate Professor; Chair of the Department of History

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: History


Email: Christopher Agnew
Phone: 937-229-2761


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2006


Dr. Christopher Agnew is an associate professor in the Department of History. In addition to teaching West and the World, he regularly teaches courses on the history of pre-modern and modern East Asia. His research focus is the history of China during the Ming and Qing dynasties, with an emphasis on social and economic change in north China. He has served as the director of the International Studies Program and is currently the chair of the Department of History.

Research interests

  • Descendants of Confucius
  • Agricultural Economy of North China
  • Maritime Commerce in Northeast Asia
  • Ritual and memory

Selected publications

"Bureaucrats, Sectarians, and the Descendants of Confucius," Late Imperial China 31:1 (2010), 1–27.

"Migrants and Mutineers: The Rebellion of Kong Youde and Seventeenth-Century Northeast Asia," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 52:3 (2009), 505-541.

"Memory and Power in Qufu: Inscribing the Past of Confucius’ Descendants," Journal of Family History 34:4 (2009), 327-343.