Edward McCord is a specialist in modern Chinese history and has lived and studied for five years in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. He is the author of a book on the origins of Chinese warlordism and has contributed to articles in Modern China, Republican China, and Modern Asian Studies. He is also a member of the editorial board of Modern China. His current book project examines militia organizations in Republican China (1911-1949). In addition to his courses at GW, Professor McCord has lectured on Chinese history at the Foreign Service Institute and the Smithsonian Institution's Campus on the Mall program.