Jeff Kyong-McClain was born and raised in Minneapolis. He received a BA in History from the University of Minnesota and an MA in Theology from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, before beginning graduate work in Chinese History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He lived for three years in the city of Chengdu, in southwestern China, the last year on a Fulbright-Hays dissertation grant. His research centers on the place of archaeology in modern Chinese nation-building; teaching interests include modern China and modern Korea, and anything pertaining to Sino-Western interaction.
- Chinese History in Geographical Perspective. Co-editor with Yongtao Du. Forthcoming in 2012.
- “D.C. Graham in Chinese Intellectual History: Foreigner as Nation Builder.” In Explorers and Scientists in China’s Borderlands. Co-author with Geng Jing. 2011.
- “Barbarian Caves or Han Tombs? Republican-Era Archaeology and the Reasseration of Han Presence in Ancient Sichuan.” Twentieth-Century China. 2010.