Bruce A. Elleman, Ph.D.

Professor International History
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Bruce Allen Elleman received at UC Berkeley, the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982, completed at Columbia University, the Master of Arts and Harriman Institute Certificate in 1984, the Master of Philosophy in 1987, the East Asian Certificate in 1988, and the Ph.D. in 1993. In addition, he completed the Master of Sciences at the London School of Economics in 1985, and the Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies (with Distinction) at the U.S. Naval War College in 2004. His dissertation research on Sino-Soviet diplomatic relations was conducted in Russia (1988-89), PRC (1990-91), Taiwan (1991-92), and Japan (1992-93).

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Areas of Expertise

  • Asia-Pacific
  • China

Professional Highlights


William V. Pratt Professor of International History

Commerce Raiding: Historical Case Studies, 1759-2009, with S Paine (Newport, 2013).
Taiwan Straits: Crisis in Asia and the Role of the U.S. Navy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
International Competition in China, 1899-1991: The Rise, Fall, and Restoration
of the Open Door Policy (Routledge, 2015).

William V. Pratt Professor of International History

High Sea’s Buffer: The Taiwan Patrol Force, 1950-1979 (Newport, RI: NWC
Press, 2012).
Beijing’s Power and China’s Borders: Twenty Neighbors in Asia, Edited by
Bruce Elleman, Stephen Kotkin, and Clive Schofield (Armonk, NY: M.E.
Sharpe Press, 2013).

William V. Pratt Professor of International History

Naval Power and Expeditionary Wars: Peripheral Campaigns and New Theatres
of Naval Warfare, Edited with S.C.M. Paine (London: Routledge, 2011).
People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Combat Systems Technology 1949-2010,
Co-written with James C. Bussert (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2011).

William V. Pratt Professor of International History

Piracy and Maritime Crime: Historical and Modern Case Studies, Edited by
Bruce A. Elleman, Andrew Forbes and David Rosenberg (Newport, 2010).
Nineteen Gun Salute: Case Studies of Operational, Strategic, and Diplomatic
Naval Leadership during the 20th and Early 21st Centuries (Newport, 2010).

Research Professor, Maritime History Department

Modern China: Continuity and Change 1644 to the Present, book co-
authored with S.C.M. Paine (Boston: Prentice-Hall, 2010).
Manchurian Railways and the Opening of China: An International History,
Edited by Bruce A. Elleman and Stephen Kotkin (Armonk NY: M.E.
Sharpe Northeast Asia Series, 2010).

Visiting Professor, Australia National University

Naval Coalition Warfare: From the Napoleonic War to Operation Iraqi Freedom,
Edited by Bruce A. Elleman and S.C.M. Paine (London: Routledge, 2008).
Moscow and the Emergence of Communist Power in China, 1925-30: The
Nanchang Uprising and the Birth of the Red Army (London: Routledge, 2009).

Research Professor, Maritime History Department

Japanese-American Civilian Prisoner Exchanges and Detention Camps, 1941-45
(London: Routledge Press, 2006).
Waves of Hope: The U.S. Navy’s Response to the Tsunami in Northern Indonesia.
Newport Paper 28 (Newport, RI: Naval War College Press, 2007).

Graduated Senior Course with distinction

Naval Mutinies of the Twentieth Century: An International Perspective
Edited by Bruce A. Elleman and Christopher Bell (London: Frank Cass,
Naval Blockade and Seapower: Strategies and Counter-strategies, 1805-2005,
Edited by Bruce A. Elleman and S.C.M. Paine (London: Routledge, 2006)

Associate Professor, Strategic Research Department

Modern Chinese Warfare, 1795-1989 (London: Routledge Press, 2001; Print-on-
demand, 2006); Chinese translation:『近代中國的軍事與戰爭 』(Jindai
Zhongguo de junshi yu zhanzheng), (Taipei: Elite Press, 2002).
Wilson and China: A Revised History of the 1919 Shandong Question
(Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe, 2002).

Associate Professor (with tenure), Texas Christian University

Diplomacy and Deception: The Secret History of Sino-Soviet Diplomatic, Relations, 1917-1927 (Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe, 1997).
Mongolia in the Twentieth Century: Landlocked Cosmopolitan, Edited by Bruce
A. Elleman and Stephen Kotkin (Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe, 1999).


Ph.D., Columbia University, 1993, Russian and Chinese History

M.Phil., Columbia University, 1987, Russian and Chinese History

M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1985, International History

M.A., Columbia University, 1984, Russian History

M.A., U.S. Naval War College, 2004, National Security and Strategic Studies, with Distinction 

Certificate, Columbia University: East Asian Institute, 1988, East Asian Studies

Certificate, Columbia University: Harriman Institute, 1984, Soviet Studies

B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1982, European and Russian History

A.Sc., Rochester Institute of Technology, 1979, Professional Photography

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Related Credentials

Assistant/Associate Professor (with Tenure), Texas Christian University (1995-2001), Chinese, Japanese, and Russian History

Visiting Lecturer, Hunter College, New York, New York (1987-88), European History

Lecturer, Cheng-chih University, Taipei, Taiwan (1985-86), Advanced English Conversation

Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, New York, New York (1983-84), Modern European History

Research Contributions and Publications

The Making of the Modern Chinese Navy: Special Historical Characteristics
(forthcoming, Anthem Press)

Other Honors

Research Fellow, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan 
July 2002-June 2003

Social Science Research Council “Advanced Research on Japan” 
July 2002-June 2003

Texas Christian University Research Grant 
Summer 2000

International Christian University Visiting Fellow 

Texas Christian University Research Grant 
Summer 1998

Texas Christian University Research Grant 
Summer 1997

Texas Christian University Research Grant 
Fall 1995

National Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University 

Title VIII Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University 

Research Grant, Pacific Cultural Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan 

Research Fellowship, The Committee for Scholarly Communications with the People's Republic of China, National Academy of Sciences 

Mandarin Language Scholarship, Taiwan National Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan 

President's Fellowship, Columbia University, New York, New York 

Graduate Research Scholarship, Columbia University, New York, New York 

External Memberships and Associations

American Historical Association (AHA)

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS)

American Asian Society (AAS)

International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS)

The North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH)

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