Adam M. Mceown

Adam M. McKeown


516 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 854-9121
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Ph.D. — University of Chicago, 1997
M.A. — University of Chicago, 1991
B.A. — University of California at Santa Cruz, 1987

Interests and Research

Adam McKeown, professor, teaches global history. He has written on the Chinese diaspora, global migration, and the history of passports and migration control. He teaches courses on globalization in history, world migration, international law, and the history of drugs and smuggling. He is now researching the history of globalization since the 1760s.


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, 2007-08
  • Visiting Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, 2007
  • Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholar, 2004-05
  • Social Science Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in International Migration, 2001-02
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1998
  • ACLS/Chiang Ching-kuo Dissertation Research Fellowship in Chinese Studies, 1994-95

Selected Publications


Melancholy Order: Asian Migration and the Globalization of Borders, 1834-1929 (forthcoming 2008)

Chinese Migrant Networks and Cultural Change: Peru, Chicago and Hawaii, 1900-1936

Scholarly Articles

"The Units of World History." Companion to World History, ed. Douglas Northrop. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

"How the Box became Black: Brokers and the Creation of the 'Free' Migrant." Pacific Affairs 85 (2012): 21-46.

with José C. Moya, "Global Migration in the Long Twentieth Century." In Essays on Twentieth Century History, ed. Michael Adas, 9-52. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010.

"Chinese Emigration in Global Context, 1850-1940." Journal of Global History 5 (2010): 95-124.

"Periodizing Globalization." History Workshop Journal 63 (2007): 218-30.

"Global Migration, 1846-1940." Journal of World History 15 (2004): 155-89.

"Ritualization of Regulation: Enforcing Chinese Exclusion, 1898-1924." American Historical Review 108 (2003): 377-403.

"International Identities and the Globalization of Borders: China and the United States 1898-1911." In Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History, ed. Jerry Bentley, Renate Bridenthal and Anand Yang, 109-35. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2005.

"Regionalizing World Migration." Response to comments in a forum devoted to my article, "Global Migrations, 1846-1940" in International Review of Social History 52 (2007): 135-43.

"Global Migration, 1846-1940." Journal of World History 15 (2004): 155-89.

"The Sojourner as Astronaut: Paul Siu in Global Perspective." In Re-Collecting Early Asian America: Essays in Cultural History, ed. Josephine Lee, Imogene Lim and Yuko Matsukawa, 127-42. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.

"From Opium Farmer to Astronaut: A Global History of Diasporic Chinese Business." Diaspora 9 (2000): 317-60.

"Conceptualizing Chinese Diasporas, 1842 to 1949." Journal of Asian Studies 58 (1999): 306-37.
Translated as "Yong gainian sikao huaren yiqun (1842-1949)" In Zhou Nanjing, ed., Huaqiao huaren baike quanshu (Encyclopedia of Overseas Chinese), trans. Chen Xiaoguang, 58-74. Beijing: Zhongguo Huaqiao Chubanshe, 2003. Reprinted in The Chinese Overseas, v. 1, Conceptualizing and Historicizing Chinese International Migration, 98-136. ed. Liu Hong. London: Routledge, 2006.

"Transnational Chinese Families and Chinese Exclusion, 1875-1943." Journal of American Ethnic History 18/2 (1999): 73-110.

"Inmigración China al Perú, 1904-1937: Exclusión y Negociación." Histórica (Lima, Peru) 20 (1996): 59-91.