John Knight

John Knight received a PhD in East Asian History from The Ohio State University, with a focus on modern China. His dissertation traces evolving Chinese views of the Soviet Union from the early 1920s until the early 1950s, a period marked in China by rising student and worker activism, foreign invasion, Civil War and finally, socialist state construction. An article stemming from this research has been accepted for the journal Twentieth-Century China. Before coming to RISD, Knight taught courses at Williams College, Ohio State, Capital University and Seton Hall. He is enjoying getting to know RISD students and the dynamic of their cultures, as well as trying new cuisines in Providence.

Academic research/areas of interest

Pre-Modern and Modern East Asian history

East Asian belief systems

Soviet history

Gender studies

Marxism and the 20th-century socialist movement

Imperialism and decolonization; post-colonial theory

Fall 2017 Courses

  • HPSS-S424-01 Roots Of East Asia
  • HPSS-S424-02 Roots Of East Asia

Wintersession 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-8900-01 HPSS Independent Study
  • HPSS-S170-01 The East Is Red: Asian Socialism

Spring 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S488-01 Gender In East Asia
  • HPSS-S101-03 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S101-09 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • John Knight's CV
  • BA, Oberlin College
  • MA, Seton Hall University
  • PHD, The Ohio State University, Columbus


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