Yufeng Mao

Yufeng Mao, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Media Expertise:
  • International Relations
  • Arts & Culture

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Affiliated Programs


  • PhD, East Asian History (2007)
    George Washington University (DC)
  • MA, Arab Studies (2000)
    Georgetown University (DC)

About Me

I received my BA in Arabic from Beijing Foreign Studies University, MA from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and PhD in East Asian history from George Washington University. As a history teacher, I seek to train my students to critically assess information, reason carefully, and make coherent arguments supported by historical evidence. 

My teaching philosophy is that students must be engaged in their own education by 'doing' the learning. Consequently, my course syllabi and lesson plans emphasize active student participation. I love my job and take great pleasure in exposing my students to diverse voices from the past as well as from different parts of the world.

Research Interests

My research interests include modern Chinese history, race and ethnicity, and transnational history. I have published a number of book chapters, journal articles, and book reviews in these fields. I am currently working on a book manuscript on the history of Muslims in China.

Media Expertise

  • Chinese history and culture
  • Korean history and culture
  • Japanese history and culture
  • Globalism and world civilizations


  • Mao, Yufeng. "Muslim Voices in the Late Qing Debate Over the Definitions of Guo and Zu." In Ethnic China, edited by Xiaobin Li. Lanham: Rowman Littlefield & Lexington Publishers, 2015.
  • Mao, Yufeng. "A Muslim Vision for the Chinese Nation: Chinese Pilgrimage Missions to Mecca during WWII." The Journal of Asian Studies 70, no. 2 (2011): 373–395.
  • Mao, Yufeng. "Muslim Educational Reform in 20th-Century China: The Case of the Chengda Teachers Academy." l'Extrme-Orient et Extrme-Occident 1 (2012): 143–170.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Historical Association (AHA), Association for Asian Studies (AAS)


  • Faculty Development Grant, Widener University (2014–2015)
  • P & L Mini Grant, Widener University (2013)
  • Sigur Center Summer Research Grant, George Washington University (2006)

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