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, violence and social order in early-modern East Asia


  • Martial Spectacles at the Ming Court, 1368-1568 (Harvard University Asia, forthcoming)
  • 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; Oxford World History of Empire; War and the Soldier: A History of Military Employment in Europe, America, the Middle East and Asia, 1600-2000; 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.


"Banditry and Rebellion in the Capital Region during Mid Ming (1450-1525)"


One year in Beijing (1984-85); two years in Taiwan (1985-86), (1988-89); two years in Japan (1991-93)

Professional Experience

Translation work (from Chinese and Japanese)