Shawn McHale

Shawn McHale
Associate Professor
Phillips Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

  • Asia
  • Imperialism and Colonialism

Professor McHale teaches courses in Southeast Asian history, Vietnam, history and memory, and colonialism and its legacy. He is currently writing a book on war in the Mekong delta of Vietnam in global perspective from 1945 to 1954, based on extensive research in Vietnam and France. He spent the 2007-08 academic year as a Fulbright-Hays fellow in Vietnam and France, and directed the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, 2005-07, 2008-11. In 2010 Professor McHale was one of four finalists for the GW Faculty Service Award.

Complete C.V. (PDF)


Ph.D., Cornell University, 1995


“Understanding the Fanatic Mind? The Viet Minh and Race Hatred in the First Indochina War (1945-1954),” Journal of Vietnamese Studies (October 2009): 98-138.

"Vietnamese Print Culture under French Colonial Rule: The Emergence of a Public Sphere." In Books in Numbers, ed. Wilt Idema, 377-415. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2007.

Print and Power: Confucianism, Buddhism, and Communism in the Making of Modern Vietnam, 1920-1945. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2004.

"Mapping a 'Confucian' Past: Vietnam and the Transition to Modernity." In Rethinking Confucianism: Past and Present in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, ed. Benjamin Elman, Hermann Ooms, and John Duncan, 397-430. Los Angeles: UCLA Asia Pacific Monograph Series, 2002.

"Vietnamese Marxism, Dissent, and the Politics of Postcolonial Memory: Tran Duc Thao, 1946-1993." Journal of Asian Studies 61, no. 1 (February 2002): 7-37.

Classes Taught

HIST 3001: Modern Southeast Asian History

HIST 3001: Vietnam: From Colonialism to War

HIST 3640: History of Southeast Asia

HIST 6641: Modern Southeast Asia