Matthew Mosca

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Jackson School of International Studies




PhD, Harvard University, 2008
MA, Harvard University, 2002
BA, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., 2000


Matthew Mosca is an assistant professor in both the Department of History and the Jackson School of International Studies. 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. 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.

Having received his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University in 2008, Matthew Mosca has subsequently held fellowships at the University of California, 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.


  • From Frontier Policy to Foreign Policy: The Question of India and the Origins of Modern China’s Geopolitics, 1644-1860, Stanford University Press. 2013.
  • “The Qing State and Its Awareness of Eurasian Connections, 1789-1805,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 47:2 (Winter 2014): 103-116.
  • “The Literati Rewriting of China in the Qianlong-Jiaqing Transition,” Late Imperial China 32:2 (December 2011): 89-132
  • “Hindustan as a Geographic and Political Concept in Qing Sources, 1700-1800,” China Report 47:4 (November 2011): 263-277.
  • “Empire and the Circulation of Frontier Intelligence: Qing Conceptions of the Ottomans,” (November 2011): 263-277.