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Keith Clark


Keith Clark studies modern Chinese history, with a focus on the period following the Second World War. He is especially interested in how Chiang Kai-shek’s and Mao Zedong’s competing governments constructed their relations, nursed their conflicting worldviews, and confronted the wider world after so many years of conflict and Western encroachment in China.

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Keith spent four years with the United States Marine Corps primarily deployed to and around Okinawa, Japan. Afterward he graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a BA in sociology. He then taught for a local high school before returning to UNC-Wilmington to earn an MA in U.S. History. Following his master’s he spent three years in China, two in Hefei and one in Nanjing, before coming to Northwestern.

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