Department of History

Yingcong Dai

Office:   Atrium 204
Phone:   (973) 720-2816
Office Hours:   T 2:00-3:30; W 4-5:30; By Appointment

Department: History
Position: Professor
Area Specialization: Chinese History

Yingcong Dai received her doctorate in history from the University of Washington. She teaches Chinese history of all periods as well as East Asian and world histories. She has authored a book, The Sichuan Frontier and Tibet: Imperial Strategy in the Early Qing, and articles on the military institutions and empire building of the Qing dynasty. Currently she is completing a book-length manuscript on the Qing suppression of the White Lotus sectarian rebellion (1796–1805), and researching for another project on the formation and identity of the military elite in late imperial China.


PhD, History--University of Washington, Seattle, 1996

MA, Modern Chinese History, Nanjing University, China, 1985

BA, History--Nanjing University, China, 1982.


“Broken Passage to the Summit: Nayancheng’s Botched Mission in the White Lotus War,” in Jeroen Duindam and Sabine Dabringhaus, editors, The Dynastic Centre and the Provinces: Agents and Interactions, Brill, forthcoming. 

“The Taiping Civil War,” in Pamela Crossley, editor, Oxford Handbook of Modern China, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. 

The Sichuan Frontier and Tibet: Imperial Strategy in the Early Qing, 352 pages, Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009 (hardback and paperback); E-book, 2011. 

“Civilians Go into Battle: Hired Militias in the White Lotus War, 1796-1805,” Asia Major (Taipei: Academia Sinica), Third Series, Volume 22, Part II (December 2009): 145-178. 

 “Military Finance in the High Qing Period: An Overview,” in Nicola Di Cosmo, editor, Military Culture in Imperial China, Harvard University Press, 2009: 296-316, 380-382. 

Yingyun Shengxi: Military Entrepreneurship in the High Qing Period: 1700-1800,” Late Imperial China (Johns Hopkins University Press), Volume 26:2 (December, 2005): 1-67; Chinese version in Qingshi yicong: Luo Weilian zhuanji (Qing History Overseas Research: A Special Issue in Honor of William Rowe), No. 9 (2010): 157-209. 

“A Disguised Defeat: The Myanmar Campaign of the Qing Dynasty,” Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press), Volume 38, Part 1 (2004): 145-188. 

“The Qing State, Merchants and the Military Labor Force in the Jinchuan Campaigns,” Later Imperial China (Johns Hopkins University Press), Volume 22:2 (December, 2001): 35-90. 

“To Nourish A Strong Military: Kangxi’s Preferential Treatment of His Military Officials,” War and Society (Australian Defense Force Academy), Volume 18:2 (October, 2000): 71-91; reprinted in Kenneth Swope, editor, Warfare in China Since 1600, Ashgate, 2005. 

Shilun yibaliuling-yibaliuer nian Yingguo dui Taipingtianguo zhengce de zhuanibian (From neutrality to intervention: The change of British policy toward the Taiping Rebellion),” Journal of the Nanjing University, No. 3, 1987: 124-132; reprinted in Digest of Books and Journals: Modern Chinese History, Beijing: People’s University Press, 1988. 


Starr East Asian Foundation supported Membership, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Fall 2009. 

Faculty Excellence Award for Scholarship, William Paterson University of New Jersey, May 2009. 

First Book Subvention, Association for Asian Studies, 2008. 

The Small Grant for travels to Taiwan, Association for Asian Studies, 2002, 2005. 

The K. C. Hsiao Fellowship, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 1991-1992, and 1992-1993. 

The Chester Friz Scholarship, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, 1987-1991, 1993-1995.