photo: Edward McCord

Edward A. McCord

Associate Professor of History and International Affairs; Director, Taiwan Education and Research Program
Suite 503
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-5785
Fax: 202-994-6096

Areas of Expertise

Chinese History


Professor McCord received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan. A specialist in Chinese history, he lived and studied for five years in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. Before coming to The George Washington University, he was an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida. Besides teaching at GW, Professor McCord has also lectured on Chinese history at the Foreign Service Institute and the Smithsonian Institution's Campus on the Mall program. He is the author of the book The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism as well as articles that have appeared in Modern China, Republican China, and Modern Asian Studies. He is currently working on a major book-length project that examines militia organizations in Republican China (1911-1949). Professor McCord is also a member of the editorial board of Modern China.


Ph.D., University of Michigan

Classes Taught

HIST 3610 China to 1800

HIST 3611 Modern China

HIST 6030 The Uses of History in International Affairs

HIST 6610 Readings Seminar: Late Imperial China

HIST 6611 Readings Seminar: 20th Century China

IAFF 2091 East Asia: Past and Present