Daniel Meissner is an historian of Modern China, specializing in early Chinese industrialization and Sino-American diplomatic relations. His first book, Chinese Capitalists versus the American Flour Industry, 1900-1910, investigates the use of western technology as both an economic and political tool in countering foreign influence during the late Qing dynasty. He is currently working on a second book, Seward’s Shanghai: The Roots of American Diplomacy in China, which examines the origins of Sino-American relations through the lens of an American career diplomat, George F. Seward. He is also co-editing a new textbook on the history of Modern China.
Dr. Meissner has taught a range of East Asian graduate and undergraduate courses at both Marquette and at Chinese universities. In addition to the East Asian survey, he also teaches courses on Medieval, Modern and Contemporary China, Sino-American Relations, and Chinese Revolutionary History and Literature. He enjoys the challenge of introducing students to China’s long, illustrious history, and countering misconceptions about western exceptionalism and preeminence.