George Hong


Z. George Hong, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Telephone: 219-989-5441

Office: CLO 246



Ph.D. in History, University of Maryland at College Park (1992)

M.A. in History, University of Maryland at College Park (1987)

B.A. in History, Hangzhou University (now Zhejiang University) (1982)


Published nine books and more than one hundred refereed research articles in the areas of economic history, modern China, and US-China relations.

Zhaohui Hong, The Price of China’s Economic Development: Power, Capital, and the Poverty of Rights (University Press of Kentucky, 2015).

New Book

External Grants

Received more than 40 external grants of $12 million as PI and Co-PI, including two recent grants of  $700,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of the spatial study of Chinese religions and society (2011-2016).

Teaching Interests

  • Modern Asia
  • Modern China
  • World History
  • History of US-China Relations
  • American History
  • American Economic History
  • East Asian Economic History
  • History of American Urbanization
  • Global Urbanization

Administrative Services

  1. Director, Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet (2014-present)
  2. Co-Director, the Center on Religion and Chinese Society at Purdue University, West Lafayette (2009-present)
  3. Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professional Development at Purdue University Calumet (2005-2010)
  4. Associate Vice President for Sponsored Research and Faculty Development at West Chester University of Pennsylvania (2001-2005)
  5. Director of the Asia/Pacific Initiative at Savannah State University of Georgia (1996-2001)