Shawn F. McHale

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Shawn F. McHale

Professor of History and International Affairs

Full-time Faculty


Office Phone: 202-994-2760
Fax: 202-994-6096

Born in Southeast Asia, Professor McHale received his B.A. with honors from Swarthmore College, an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history from Cornell University (1995). He has taught courses on East and Southeast Asian history, Vietnam, history and memory, and colonialism and its legacy. His current research interests include decolonization, the First Indochina War, and ethnic conflict.

Professor McHale's publications include Print and Power: Confucianism, Communism, and Buddhism in the Making of Modern Vietnam (University of Hawaii Press, 2004); "Vietnamese Marxism, Dissent, and the Politics of Postcolonial Memory: Tran Duc Thao, 1946-1993," Journal of Asian Studies (February 2002) and "Understanding the Fanatic Mind? The Viet Minh and Race Hatred in the First Indochina War (1945-1954)," Journal of Vietnamese Studies (October 2009). He spent the 2007-08 academic year in Vietnam on a Fulbright-Hays faculty fellowship.

Southeast Asian and Vietnamese history, colonialism and decolonization, religious transformations

Ph.D., Cornell University

HIST 3101 Special Topics

  • Vietnam: From Colonialism to War
  • Colonialism and Its Legacy

HIST 3640 History of Southeast Asia
HIST 6641 Modern Southeast Asia
HIST 6001 Special Topics

  • Memory: Global Perspectives