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Ling Ma

Assistant Professor
Doty Hall 242

Ling Ma has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2018.

Professor Ma is a historian of modern China and transnational Asia. Before joining Geneseo, she taught at SUNY at Buffalo and Washington State University.

Office Hours, Fall 2021

2:15-3:15 pm, MW.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, University at Buffalo

  • MA, Peking University

  • BA, Peking University

Research Interests

    • Modern China
    • Women, Gender, and Reproduction
    • Law, Medicine, and Crime
    • Material Culture and Everyday Life


  • HIST 282: M/Hist of Modern East Asia

    This course will examine the transformation of East Asia as a region and a global player from 1800 to the present. Exploring both regional and international relations and domestic challenges and social life, the course pays special attention to changing East Asian notions of gender, race, class, culture, community, and modernity, as well as East Asian experiences with imperialism, nationalism, liberalism, communism, and global capitalism. The course will develop students' capacities in interpreting primary sources and in drawing comparison and connections across time and space.

  • HIST 476: Modern China

    This course examines the momentous changes in modern China from 1911 to the present. It covers major historical events such as the 1911 Revolution, the 1949 Communist Revolution, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and Deng Xiaping’s reforms in the 1980s and 1990s. Based on first person accounts and specialized studies, this course calls attention to the multiple factors--historical, cultural, social, and economic--that have shaped contemporary China.