David Bello Professor of History, Director of East Asian Studies

David Bello

Newcomb Hall 206


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, 2002-03
  • Ph.D. in Chinese History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2001
  • Certificate in Chinese Studies, Nanjing University-The Johns Hopkins University Center for Chinese and American Studies, Nanjing, 1993
  • M.A., Area Studies, Far East, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1989
  • B.A. in History, magna cum laude, University of Dayton, 1985


Qing China, 1644-1912
Borderland Environmental History


Chinese history (borderland, gender, environmental); Japanese history (imperialism)

Selected Publications

  1. Across Forest, Steppe and Mountain: Environment, Identity and Empire in Qing China's Borderlands.Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press, (2016).
  2. "Relieving Mongols of Their Pastoral Identity: The Environment of Disaster Management on the 18th Century Qing China Steppe." Environmental History, 19.3 (July 2014): 480-504.
  3. "The Cultured Nature of Imperial Foraging in Manchuria," Late Imperial China 31.2 (Dec. 2010): 1-33.
  4. "To Go Where No Han Could Go for Long: Malaria and the Qing Construction of Ethnic Administrative Space in Frontier Yunnan,"Modern China, 31.3 (July 2005): 283-317.
  5. Opium and the Limits of Empire, Drug Prohibition in the Chinese Interior, 1729-1850.Cambridge MA: Harvard Council on East Asian Studies, 2005.
  6. "The Venomous Course of Southwestern Opium: Qing Prohibition in Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou in the Early Nineteenth Century," The Journal of Asian Studies, 62.1, November 2003.

Current Research

Environmental history of the Qing empire, with a focus on its borderlands