Maggie Clinton

Assistant Professor of History

 Spring 2015: Mondays 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and Thursdays 12:30 - 1:30 pm, or by appointment

Maggie Clinton joined the Middlebury faculty in fall 2009. She received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MA and PhD from New York University. Her teaching interests include modern Chinese and East Asian history, historical globalization, and social theory. Her first book, Revolutionary Nativism: Fascism and Culture in China, 1925-1937, is under contract with Duke University Press. She is currently conducting research for a second book project on Chinese engagements with U.S. military and corporate power during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing on the environmental, social, and cultural dimensions of the Standard Oil (“Mei Foo”) Company's efforts to market kerosene. Clinton’s work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fulbright IIE, the Blakemore-Freeman Foundation, the Center for Chinese Studies (Taipei), and the Middlebury College Ada Howe Kent fund.


“Ends of the Universal: Chinese Fascism and the League of Nations on the Eve of World War II,” Modern Asian Studies, (currently available via FirstView, forthcoming in print)  

“If Not Now, When?: GSOC’s 2005-2006 Strike,” with Miabi Chatterjee, Natasha Lightfoot, Naomi Schiller, and Sherene Seikaly, in The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the University Workplace, ed. Monica Krause, Mary Nolan, Michael Palm, and Andrew Ross (Temple University Press, 2008)

“Fluctuating Labor, Education, and Knowledge: Graduate Students Strike at NYU” (trans. Japanese), with Yukiko Hanawa, Harry Harootunian et al., Gendai Shiso, 35, 8 (July 2007): 204-229




Course List: 

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FYSE 1307 - Fascism & Masculinity, 1919-45      

Fascism and Masculinity Around the World, 1919-1945
In this seminar we will explore how ideas about masculinity shaped the character and goals of fascist movements around the world between 1919 and 1945. We will investigate conceptions of gender, sexuality, race, and nation as manifested in paramilitary organizations, leadership cults, international sporting competitions, and the reorganization of work and domestic life. Texts will include scholarly monographs as well as films by Leni Riefenstahl, narratives by kamikaze pilots, and debates about cultural “degeneracy.” The seminar will provide an introduction to the historiography of fascism, methods of transnational inquiry, and the study of gender and sexuality. CMP CW HIS

Fall 2014

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HIST 0112 - Modern East Asia      

Modern East Asia
In this course we will examine East Asian history from 1800 to the present. We will study the “Chinese World Order,” the patterns of European imperialism that led to this order’s demise, the rise of Japan as an imperialist power, and 20th century wars and revolutions. We will concentrate on the emergence of Japan, China, and Korea as distinct national entities and on the socio-historical forces that have bound them together and pried them apart. We will seek a broader understanding of imperialism, patterns of nationalism and revolution, and Cold War configurations of power in East Asia. 2 hrs. lect./1 hr. disc. AAL CMP HIS SOC

Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2015

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HIST 0232 - Modern China      

Modern China
In this course we will examine the history of China from the early 19th century through the end of the Maoist period. Readings, lectures, and discussions will familiarize students with the cultural and social structures of the late Qing Empire, patterns of semi-colonialism, the rise of nationalist, feminist, and Marxist movements, and key events in the People’s Republic of China. Students will emerge from the class with a broader understanding of forms of empire and imperialism, anti-colonial nationalism, non-Western Marxism, and the tendencies of a post-socialist state. 2 hrs. lect., 1 hr. disc. AAL HIS SOC

Fall 2011, Fall 2014, Fall 2015

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HIST 0434 - Readings in Chinese History      

Readings in Chinese History: Revolution and Culture in Twentieth Century China
In this seminar, we will examine the dynamics of socio-cultural transformation in China during the 20th century. Through films, novels, critical essays, and a range of secondary sources, we will investigate the ways in which Chinese intellectuals and activists defined “culture” and conceptualized its role in social transformation. Topics will include early 20th century language reform, art and film in interwar Shanghai, and leftwing literature and printmaking movements. We will also consider the origins and aspirations of the 1966-1976 Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the ways that it has been remembered in the post-Mao era. (formerly HIST 0417) 3 hrs. sem. AAL HIS

Fall 2011

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HIST 0480 / IGST 0480 / INTL 0480 - Globalization/Hist Perspective      

Globalization in Historical Perspective
In this course, we will examine dynamics of colonial and capital expansion that have reshaped the globe since the 1700s. We will read classical social theorists, contemporary scholars, and novelists to discern ways in which human life around the world has been intertwined and differentiated. We will consider the formation of categories such as "West" and "East," the racialized and gendered ways in which colonizers have distinguished themselves from the colonized, and strategies by which these boundaries and hierarchies have been challenged. Students will gain a broad understanding of modern world history and a critical framework for evaluating imperialism. AAL CMP HIS SOC

Fall 2012, Fall 2015

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HIST 0500 - Special Research Projects      

Special research projects during the junior year may be used to fulfill the research seminar requirements in some cases. Approval of department chair and project advisor is required.

Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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HIST 0700 - Senior Independent Study      

The History Senior Thesis is required of all majors. It is written over two terms, with the final grade applying to both terms. The project is generally begun in the fall and completed during winter or spring. Approval is required to begin the thesis in winter or spring, and such students must still attend the Thesis Writer's Workshops that take place in fall and winter.

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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IGST 0475 / HIST 0475 / INTL 0475 - Imperial/Anti-Imperial Asia      

Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism in Asia
In this seminar we will examine patterns of Euro-American and Japanese imperialism in South, East, and Southeast Asia during the 19th and 20th centuries. We will focus on the ways in which scholars and revolutionaries have made sense of the workings of colonial power and formulated strategies for resistance. By engaging with novels, films, and political manifestos, students will gain a broad understanding of how imperialism transformed lifeworlds, how its cultural, social, and economic dimensions have been critiqued, and the formation of nationalist, Marxist, and Pan-Asianist movements. Readings will include works by V.I. Lenin , Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh, Pramoedya Ananta Toer, and Ranajit Guha. This course is equivalent to HIST 0475. 3 hrs seminar. AAL CMP HIS SOC

Spring 2012, Spring 2015

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INTL 0479 / HIST 0479 - Chinese-American Relations      

Pacific Century: Chinese-American Relations 1898-2008
In this course we will examine Chinese-American relations from the Boxer Uprising through the Beijing Olympics. We will explore the multi-dimensional nature of the bond between these two nations, looking at socio-economic, political, and cultural elements of their "special relationship." Course themes will include westward empire and the scramble for territory in China; the formation and mutation of American orientalism; and ways in which Chinese politicians and intellectuals have strategically mobilized with and against the expansion of U.S. power in the Pacific. Texts will include scholarly monographs, Hollywood films, and writings by figures such as Soong May-ling, Mao Zedong, and W.E.B DuBois. AAL CMP HIS

Spring 2011

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INTL 0704 - EAS Senior Thesis      

Latin American Studies Senior Thesis
(Approval Required)

Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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