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McCormick, Brett
Associate Professor- History
Arts & Sciences
Division of Humanities & Social Sciences, History & Global Studies
Maxcy 306B
Maxcy Hall

    Brett McCormick is Director of the University of New Haven’s Global Studies Program.  He holds an appointment in History and Global Studies in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, within the College of Arts and Sciences.

    As an undergraduate student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Dr. McCormick completed multiple majors and minors across the field of Asian Studies, including the disciplines of Religious Studies, Philosophy, History, Comparative Literature, Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, and language training in Chinese, Japanese, and Classical Chinese.

    Dr. McCormick went on to complete both his M.A. and Ph.D. at Cornell University, with specializations in Japanese History, Chinese History, and Japanese Literature.

    Since completing graduate school, Dr. McCormick’s research and professional development have focused on modern and contemporary East Asian international relations, diplomacy, and security affairs.  He regularly travels through the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

    Dr. McCormick is also the Co-Director of the East Asia Security Symposium and Conference, held annually on the campus of the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China.  For more information please visit



    Ph.D., Cornell University: Japanese History, Chinese History, Japanese Literature
    M.A., Cornell University: Japanese History, Chinese History, Japanese Literature
    B.A., SUNY Stony Brook: Asian History, Japanese Studies, Asian Religions, Philosophy


    Chinese Engagements: Regional Issues with Global Implications (Brett McCormick & J.H. Ping, eds.)

    China: New Horizons (Brett McCormick & J.H. Ping, eds.)

    “The Role of History in Constructing a Context for International Relations: Strategies for Transcending Divergent Historical Perspectives in Diplomatic Dialog”

    “Taiwan as the Nexus of China-Japan Relations: Historical Analysis of Domestic, Regional and Global Components of East Asian International Relations”

    “The Quandary of Historically Construed National Territories in the South China Sea”

     “History, Geography, and National Identity in East Asia: New Models of Regionalism in the Age of Globalization”

    “China-Japan Security Relations, 1894 – 1990: At War”

    “China-Japan Security Relations, 1991 – 2008: At Peace”

    “Historical Justification for Territorial Claims in the South China Sea”

    “A Failure to Communicate: Historical Rhetoric and Diplomacy in U.S.-China Relations” 

    “When the Medium is the Message: The Ideological Role of Yoshino Sakuzô’s Minponshugi in Mobilising the Japanese Public”

    “Liang Qichao’s Liberal Statism and His Vision of a Modern Citizen”

    “The Freedom to Serve: The Right and Duty of Military Conscription in Imperial Japan”

    “Rescuing the Nation From History: Questioning Narratives of Modern China-Japan Relations, 1871-1990”

    “Liberal Nationalism From Meiji through Shôwa: Individualism in Japan’s Modern Imperial State”

    Grants, Awards, and Recognition

    Mellon Fellowship (2001) 
    Idhler Fellowship (2001) 
    C.V. Starr Fellowship (2000) 
    Einaudi Center Research Travel Grants (1998, 2000) 
    Cornell University Japan Research Travel Grants (1998, 2000) 
    U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (1997, 1998, 1999) 
    R.J. Smith Fellowship (1997) 
    Sage Fellowship (1996)