James J. Hudson

Dr. James Hudson

Dr. James J. Hudson

Associate Professor, Asian Studies Minor Coordinator

Dial Humanities Building, 209



A member of UNCP’s History Department since 2018, Dr. James Hudson’s doctoral research focused on the history and modernization of Changsha, the capital city of China’s Hunan province during the early twentieth century. His current book project is titled Under Siege: Standard Oil in Nationalist South China, 1915-1928, and details the history of the kerosene trade in China. Since completing his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin (2015), he has taught at Knox College (2015-2016), the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2016-2018) and at Pepperdine University (Summer 2016). For the 2022-2023 academic year he was the recipient of an Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. He teaches courses at UNCP that introduce and engage students with the history and cultural traditions of China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. He speaks Mandarin and is a former United States Marine.

Recent selected publications include:

“Beyond the Wall: Mapping Christian Fundamentalism in Hunan During the 1920s,” in The Chinese Historical Review (Spring 2023), Volume 30, No. 1, 17-35.

“Jiayou (加油) for the Lamps of Republican China: Seizures of Kerosene during the Northern Expedition, 1926-28,” in The American Review of China Studies. (Spring 2022). Volume 23, No. 1, 44-64.

“The Early War of Resistance and the Changsha YMCA, 1937-41,” in the Journal of Chinese Military History. (Spring 2017). Volume 6 (2017), 92-114.

Featured Interviews, Podcasts & More

Curriculum Vitae

Listen and watch Dr. Hudson talk about some of his current research featured in UNC Pembroke's digital journal, Bravery


In March 2022 Dr. Hudson was interviewed by his colleague Dr. Jamie Mize about a major fire that ingulfed the city of Changsha in south China in 1938:


Watch Dr. Hudson talk about some of the teachers and other important people in his life that inspired him to become a scholar and educator: 


Check out what Dr. Hudson and some of his history colleagues had to say about the history of plagues and pandemics during Covid: 


In November 2023 Dr. Hudson sat down with his fellow UT Austin alumnus, Dr. Josiah Marineau to talk about the 60th anniversary of the JFK assassination: