Pamela Crossley

Pamela Kyle Crossley is Collis Professor of History at Dartmouth College, and has been a resident of Norwich, Vermont, for thirty years. She is a specialist on the history of the Qing empire (1636-1912) and in addition writes about central Asia and Mongolia, modern China and US-China relations. Among her books the most recent are What is World History? (2008) and The Wobbling Pivot: China since 1800, an Interpretive History. Her forthcoming book examines the role of nomadic rulers across Eurasia in the cultural and political changes that launched the modern world. Her commentaries and reviews have appeared in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Atlantic, BBC Online, Foreign Policy, and ChinaFile, among others. You can write to her at

Listen to Pamela discussing China's "social credit" system with Tom Ashbrook and others on NPR's On Point

Read Pamela's Foreign Policy Commentaries:

"What Could China's 'Social Credit System' Mean for its Citizens?" 8.15.16
"Xi Jinping's Ill-Advised Quest for Blind Obedience" 3.23.16
"A Fantasy Fit for Kings" 9.2.2015

Read Pamela's ChinaFile Commentaries:

"How Should Trump Deal with China, and How Should China Deal with Trump?" 10.9.16
A ChinaFile Conversation: Are China and Russia Forging a New Ideological Bloc?" with Jacqueline N. Deal, Wu Jianmin, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Julia Famularo, 02.27.15

Hear Pamela's early conversation with Sarwar on China's foreign relations.

Pamela Crossley at Dartmouth College.