James J. Hudson

Dr. James Hudson

Dr. James J. Hudson

Assistant Professor, Asian Studies Minor Coordinator

Dial Humanities Building, 209



A historian of modern China, James Hudson’s research focuses on the history and modernization of Changsha, the capital city of China’s Hunan province, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His research also broadly examines the history of western businesses, diplomats, and colonial commercial interests in China, and the study of World War II in East Asia. 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).  He is thrilled to be a part of the history faculty at UNCP, and eager to share his knowledge of Chinese history and culture with its students. He speaks Mandarin, and is a former United States Marine. 

Recent Publications

  • “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.
  • “Confronting Modernization:  Rethinking Changsha’s 1910 Rice Riot,” in The Journal of Modern Chinese History.  Volume 8, No. 1 (Spring 2014), 43-62.