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Liping Bu


Reid-Knox Professor; Chair of American History



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Dr. Liping Bu’s teaching and research interests include American international relations and cultural diplomacy, educational exchange and knowledge circulation, public health and modernization. She teaches American foreign relations, 20th-century America and modern China and East Asia. She received her Ph.D. in history and policy from Carnegie Mellon University after studies at Peking University and Smith College. She has published six books and dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics related to American international education, cultural relations, public health and modern societies.

Professor Bu has received many national awards, including grants and fellowships from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Library of Medicine, the Rockefeller Archive Center and the National Endowment for the Humanities. At Alma College, she has received the Barlow Award, the Posey Award for Faculty Excellence and the Service Learning Award.

Professor Bu has been invited as a keynote speaker at major international conferences and a visiting scholar at universities in Singapore, Britain and China. As a scholar in residence at the National Library of Medicine, NIH, she created a higher education module on public health campaigns in China and curated exhibits on China’s public health and society.

Signature Courses:
Cold-War America; Immigration and Ethnicity; American Foreign Relations; China and the West.

My Expertise

Modern America, US-China relations, international education, public health and modernization.

Recent Work and Accomplishments


Bu, L. (2023). Public Health and Cold War Politics in Asia. Routledge.

Bu, L. (2017). Public Health and the Modernization of China, 1865-2015. Routledge.


Bu, L. (2023). Chinese Medicine in the United States: Historical Development and Growth. Chinese Medicine and Culture, 6(1), 108-114. https://doi.org/10.1097/MC9.0000000000000045

Bu, L. (2021). Rockefeller Foundation’s Global Health and China’s Modern Health Development. Historia: Debates and Tendencia [History: Debates and Trends], 21(3), 54-79. https://doi.org/10.5335/hdtv.21n.3.12855.

Bu, L. (2021). National Status in a Global Pandemic: Is the (Mis)handling of COVID-19 a Turning Point or a Revelation? American Journal of Public Health, 111(3), 407-408. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2020.306089

Bu, L. (2020). The role of the International Institute of Teachers College in the founding history of American comparative education. Research in Comparative and International Education, 15(4), 437-452. https://doi.org/10.1177/174549992096999

Bu, L. (2020). Confronting Race and Ethnicity: Education and Cultural Identity for Immigrants and Students from Asia. History of Education Quarterly, 60(4), 644-656. https://doi.org/10.1017/heq.2020.41