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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

David Bello

Associate Professor of History, Director of East Asian Studies

Newcomb Hall 218
(540) 458-8770


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for East Asian Studies, Stanford University, 2002-03
  • Ph.D. in Chinese History, University of Southern California, Low 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, Univresity of London, 1989
  • B.A. in History, magna cum laude, University of Dayton, 1985


Current Research: Environmental history of the Qing frontier.


Chinese and Japanese history

Selected Publications

1. "The Cultured Nature of Imperial Foraging in Manchuria," Late Imperial China, forthcoming.

2. "To Go Where No Han Could Go for Long: Malaria and the Qing Construction of Ethnic Administrative Space in Frontier Yunnan," Modern China, 31, No. 3, July 2005.

3. Opium and the Limits of Empire, Drug Prohibition in the Chinese Interior, 1729-1850, Harvard Council on East Asian Studies, 2005.

4. "The Venomous Course of Southwestern Opium: Qing Prohibition in Yunnan, Sichuan and Guizhou in the Early Nineteenth Century," The Journal of Asian Studies, 62, No. 1, November 2003.