David Robinson - History Faculty - Colgate University

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David Robinson

Robert H.N. Ho Professor in Asian Studies, Professor of History
History, 315 Alumni Hall
p 315-228-7512


BA, Hobart College, 1988; MA, PhD, Princeton University, 1995

Teaching Experience

Visiting assistant professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges 1995-96


Early-modern Chinese, Korean, Japanese history


Court culture, Chinese military history, Mongol empire, Koryŏ-Chosŏn history, diplomatic practise in early modern East Asia, violence and social order in early-modern East Asia


  • Seeking Order in A Tumultuous Age: The Writings of Chŏng Tojŏn (1342-1398), A Korean Neo-Confucian. Korean Classics Library: Historical Materials. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, forthcoming, 2016.
  • Martial Spectacles of the Ming Court (Harvard University Asia, 2013)
  • Empire’s Twilight: Northeast Asia under the Mongols (Harvard University Asia Center, 2009)
  • ed. Culture, Courtiers, and Competition: The Ming Court (1368-1644) (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008)
  • Bandits, Eunuchs, and the Son of Heaven: Rebellion and the Economy of Violence in Mid-Ming China (University of Hawaii, 2001)
  • Essays in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies; Late Imperial China; Journal of Korean Studies; Journal of Central Eurasian Studies; Mingshi yanjiu luncong 明史研究论丛; Mingshi yanjiu 明史研究; Oxford World History of Empire; Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450; Fighting for a Living: A Comparative History of Military Labor in Europe and Asia, 1500-2000; Chinese and Indian Warfare—From the Classical Age to 1870; Chūgoku Higashi Ajia gaikō kōryū shi no kenkyū 中国東アジア外交交流の研究.