Department of History
Professor Morris Rossabi teaches Chinese and East Asian History courses on a regular basis and advanced courses on the Silk Roads and the History of the Mongols as frequently as possible. He conducts research on traditional Chinese foreign relations during the Yuan and Ming dynasties, the history of Central Asia, the Mongols and Chinese and Mongolian art and culture. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books, including “Khubilai Khan,” “China among Equals,” and “Modern Mongolia.
Professor Rossabi was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and has lived, worked and researched throughout the Middle East, Central Asia, East Asia, Europe and the United States. He earned his PhD in East and Central Asian history from Columbia University in 1970 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from National Mongolian University in 2009.
Professor Rossabi has helped organize exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He is on the advisory board of the Project on Central Eurasia of the Soros Foundation. The author of numerous articles and speeches, he travels regularly to Central Asia and Mongolia, where he teaches courses on Mongolian and East Asian history.
Before joining the faculty at Queens College and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York, Dr. Rossabi taught or directed programs at the University of Virginia, Case Western Reserve University, China Institute, Leiden University, Columbia University and the Doris Duke Museum of Islamic Art.