Victor Xiong

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Victor C. Xiong
Professor of History and Distinguished Faculty Scholar
(269) 387-4648
4440 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5334
Mailing address: 
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
Office hours: 

T & R: 10:45--12:00

  • Ph.D., History, Australian National University, 1989
Research interests: 
  • Six Dynasties and Sui-Tang China (urban, socioeconomic, cultural)
  • Chinease historiography (ancient and medieval)
  • Historical fiction of China

Dr. Xiong received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award in 2017.  Prior to joining WMU, Dr. Xiong taught courses in Traditional China; Asia Civilization (premodern China); and Readings in Chinese History at University of Iowa in fall 1987.At WMU Dr. Xiong has taught courses in Early Medieval China; World History to 1500; Traditional China, Survey of Chinese Arts; Modern China; Modern Japan; Modern East Asia; Urban History of Premodern China (graduate seminar); Sui-Tang Empire; World History before 1500; World History since 1500; and Modern Western World.Dr. Xiong was featured in the documentary “Man Made Marvels: China’s Forgotten City,” coproduced by Natural History New Zealand and the Discovery Channel, premiered in December 2009. 

Publications (Books) 

In Chinese:

  • Buyi huangdi Liu Bang 布衣皇帝 劉邦 (Commoner emperor Liu Bang). Beijing: Huawen Press 華文出版社, 2019 (forthcoming).
  • Tian Kehan:Tang Taizong Li Shimin 天可汗:唐太宗李世民(Chinese translation of Heavenly Khan). Trans. by Huang
  • Sui Yangdi de shenghuo shidai he yichan 隋煬帝的生活、時代和遺產 (Chinese translation of Emperor Yang of the Sui Dynasty: His Life, Times, and Legacy). Trans. by Huang Weiwei 黃維瑋; ed. by Mao Lei 毛蕾. Xiamen University Press, 2018.
  • Yiguan canlan—Zhongguo gudai fushi jianshi 衣冠燦爛: 中國古代服飾史 (A brief history of dress in premodern China). Co-author (with Zhao Chao 趙超). Chengdu: Sichuan jiaoyu chubanshe, 1996. 203 pp.
  •  Sanguo zhi 三國志 (Treatises on the Three Kingdoms) by Chen Shou 陳壽 (d. A.D. 297). Co-translator (with Zhao Chao) of selected chapters from literary Chinese into modern Chinese. In Wu Shuping 吳樹平, ed., Ershiwu shi jingxuan jingyi 二十五史精選精譯, vol. 2. Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 1995, 1037–1331 (292 pp.).