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Joshua Hill

Joshua Hill
Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of History
413 Bentley Annex and Yamada 118
OHIO University


Dr. Joshua Hill is the Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Center for International Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of History. Please contact him for information about any of our majors ( or certificate programs (

As a scholar, he specializes in modern Chinese history. Inspired by his experiences living in Ningbo, Zhejiang and Changsha, Hunan during the height of the “Reform and Opening Up” era, Hill’s research focuses on the introduction, circulation, and transformation of political ideas and attitudes in modern China. His first book, Voting as a Rite: A History of Elections in Modern China (, explores how Chinese leaders and thinkers in the 19th and 20th centuries conceptualized the meaning of elections and understood the purpose of voting. He holds degrees from Yale and Harvard and was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a visiting student at Nanjing University and visiting scholar at Shandong University.

His courses include a survey of modern East Asian history as well as advanced courses on ancient and modern Chinese history, US-China relations, and the uses of ancient Chinese political philosophy in today’s world.