Xiaobing Li, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Director, Western Pacific Institute
bli@uco.edu
(405) 974-5483
Office: LAR 202G

Dr. Xiaobing Li

Fields of study/areas of expertise:

Modern Chinese Military, History of the Cold War, Korean War

Profile:

I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a MA degree in 1985 and PhD degree in 1991.  After taught at Phillips University for two years, I joined the UCO faculty in 1993.  As a professor, I served as the chair of the Department of History and Geography from 2009-2014, director of the Western Pacific Institute from 2005 to the present, and director of the Confucius Classroom Project from 2009 to the present.  Currently, I also serve as the faculty sponsor for UCO Chinese Student Association (CSA), UCO Hong Kong Student Association, UCO Taiwanese Student Association (TSA), and UCO Asian Student Society.  As a China historian, I served as the president of the Association of Chinese Professors of Social Sciences (ACPSS) in the U.S. in 1999-2001, president of Association of Southwest Asian Studies (SWCAS) in 2006-2008, executive editor of the Journal of American Review of China Studies in 2000-2012, editor of the Journal of Chinese Military History in 1011-2013, and editor of the Journal of the Western Pacific from 2004 to the present.  As an immigrant from China and a U.S. citizen, I am interested in examining the unique blend of peoples and cultures, old and new, East and West, Asia and America, that has made our state part of a global community through our teaching and research.  My successful experience in research provides me with more service opportunities. 

Teaching:

In the world of intensifying globalization in the 21st century, Oklahoma is transforming itself so that it is better able to promote opportunities for development and growth.  Oklahoma higher education assumes a leadership role in elevating the state to the forefront of globalization.  This leadership will not only contribute to securing the state’s long-term prosperity but also greatly enhancing the esteem of Oklahoma’s higher education in general.  The smaller and more tradition-oriented Oklahoma colleges like the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), for which the challenges of the ever-expanding globalization are undoubtedly greater, must respond to the phenomenon with new scholarly efforts.  To achieve a better understanding of the on-going globalization and growing diversity of our state, it is crucial for Liberal Arts faculty members to provide students with both the skills to interact with the different peoples and an appreciation for other cultures such as Asian civilizations and history.  As a history professor in the College of Liberal Arts for 22 years, I have been teaching Asian History, China, Japan, Vietnam, and U.S.-Asian Relations.  I am prepared for my classes and ready for the new challenges in my classroom.  The growing diversity has become one of the greatest strengths of our state and an underlying belief in a shared and integrated community of UCO.

Research, Creative and Scholarly Activities:

My research work employs a new approach by using a distinctive multi-national, multi-lingual, and cross-cultural method which blows fresh air into the study of the Cold War history and military history.  With the new sources in China, Korea, Russia, and Vietnam, my history research addresses the issues that the others might have overlooked and have stimulated a large enthusiastic audience in America and the West.  My research has involved some of our faculty members in the History Department.  Dr. Richard Peters joined me for the comparative history research on the Korean War.  He is the co-author of the Korean War book.  These war veterans whose stories are in the book have been visiting our classes every semester (2005-2007).  They shared their personal experiences with our history students.  We used the books in the Modern China, Cold War History, and East Asian history classes.  My research has involved some of my graduate and undergraduate students in the department.  I has edited and published an Encyclopedia of Oil with one of our graduate students.  Seven of my students published their articles as book chapters, twelve of my students published their papers in professional journals, and twenty-six students contributed their essays to my encyclopedias in the past three years.

Courses:

  • East Asian Civilization to 1500
  • East Asian Civilization since 1500
  • U.S. History to 1877
  • U.S. History since 1877
  • Historical Research
  • Modern China and Japan
  • History of Modern China
  • History of Modern Japan
  • Asian Immigrants in Oklahoma
  • History of the Cold War in Asia
  • Modern Southeast Asia
  • History of the Vietnam War
  • U.S.-East Asian Relations in the 20th Century
  • Seminar: China Today
  • Seminar: China as Evolving Superpower

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Publications

Oil: A Cultural and Geographic Encyclopedia of Black Gold

China's Battle for Korea

Evolution of Power

Modern Chinese Legal Reform

China at War

Civil Liberties in China

Voices from the Vietnam War

A History of the Modern Chinese Army

Voices from the Korean War