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Simei Qing

Simei  Qing
  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty
  • Case Hall Room S314
  • 842 Chestnut Rd
  • East Lansing, MI 48825
  • 517-353-1692


Ph.D., Michigan State University; History
Associate Professor

Professor Qing’s major teaching and research interests are U.S.-China relations, American foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy, and international relations theory. She was a Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a think tank created by U.S. Congress. She was also a Social Science Research Council (SSRC)/John D. MacArthur Pre-Doctoral Fellow. She was engaged in interdisciplinary studies in cultural sociology and comparative sociology at the Department of Sociology, Princeton University, and tries to integrate them into the study of international relations theory and the research of U.S.-China relations. She was engaged as well in interdisciplinary studies when she was a visiting scholar at the Center for Arms Control and International Security Studies, Stanford University.

Her major publications include book From Allies to Enemies: Visions of Modernity, Identity, and U.S.-China Diplomacy, 1945-1960 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2007). In 2010, H-Diplo (Diplomatic Studies Forum)/ISSF (International Security Studies Forum), which is a joint production of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the journals Security StudiesInternational SecurityJournal of Strategic Studies, and the International Studies Association's Security Studies Section, held a roundtable discussion of her book. Prof. Thomas Maddux, General Editor of H-Diplo/ISSF, chaired the roundtable. Its participants included some leading and prominent scholars, e.g. Professors Andrew J. Rotter, then President of SHAFR, T. Christopher Jespersen, Dean, College of Arts and Letters, University of North Georgia, Gregg Brazinsky, Directors of the Center for Korean Studies and the Center for Cold War Studies, George Washington University, and Shu Guang Zhang, then Professor of American Diplomatic History and US-China Relations at the University of Maryland at College Park. Prof. Qing has also written many articles published in China, South Korea, as well as the United States.


Simei Qing presented at Stanford University's symposium "Soft Powers and U.S.-China Diplomacy" in February 2016 a presentation entitled: "Soft Powers, Civilizations, and beyond Thucydides' Traps?" 

Professor Simei Qing has written From allies to enemies : visions of modernity, identity, and U.S.-China diplomacy, 1945-1960. Published in 2007 by the Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass, it is described as a "stunningly original work about the impact of cultural perceptions in international relations that offers a new perspective on relations between the United States and China after World War II." Amazon Link.

Simei Qing presented a paper to Oxford Round Table in Oxford Union Chamber, Oxford University, England, on August 14, 2006, entitled: "The United States, Europe, and China in the 21st Century: From Liberal Internationalism to Cultural Internationalism."

In addition, Professors Julia Grant, Simei Qing and Anna Pegler-Gordon organized a roundtable and presented together at the American Historical Association conference in January 2006 about "Textbooks, Popular History, and the News: Teaching National Histories and National Identities."  The roundtable grew, in part, out of a joint MC281 honors option that Julia and Anna teach together and that they are expanding this year to include some of Simei Qing's students.