Morris Rossabi

Senior Research Scholar, Adjunct Professor of Inner Asian History; Distinguished Professor of History, Queens College, The City University of New York

Mongolian history

Professor Rossabi is a historian of China and Central Asia. He teaches courses on Inner Asian, East Asian, and Chinese history at Columbia. During the 2008–2009 academic year, he received an honorary doctorate from the National University of Mongolia, wrote a preface to the 20th anniversary re-issue of his book Khubilai Khan (University of California Press), wrote a preface for the Russian and Korean translations of Khubilai Khan, published the article “MPRP: Transmogrification of a Political Party” in Pacific Affairs, wrote a preface to the re-issue of his book Voyager from Xanadu, and delivered keynote addresses for conferences at the University of British Columbia, Inner Mongolian University, Nanjing University, and National University of Mongolia. He also published Socialist Devotees and Dissenters (National Museumof Ethnology, 2010) and was named distinguished visiting scholar at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka from May through July 2010.

In 2006, he was named chair of the Arts and Culture Board of the Open Society Institute (Soros Foundation). He is the author of Herder to Statesman (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010); The Mongols and Global History (W. W. Norton); Modern Mongolia: From Khans to Commissars to Capitalists (University of California Press, 2005); Khubilai Khan: His Life and Times (University of California Press, 1988), chosen as a main selection by the History Book Club; and China and Inner Asia Universe Books, 1975). He is the editor of Governing China’s Multi-Ethnic Frontiers (University of Washington Press, forthcoming) and a contributor to several volumes of the Cambridge History of China.

He has helped organize exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He is on the advisory board of the Project on Central Eurasia of the Soros Foundation. The author of numerous articles and speeches, he travels repeatedly to Central Asia and Mongolia, where he teaches courses on Mongolian and East Asian history.

Professor Rossabi received his PhD from Columbia University in 1970.