July 17, 2019 at 9:32 am

Two History Faculty Promoted: Trauschweizer and Hill

Two History Department faculty members were promoted in rank this June 2019.

Ingo Trauschweizer, portrait

Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer

Dr. Ingo Trauschweizer was promoted to the rank of professor.

His latest book, Maxwell Taylor’s Cold War: From Berlin to Vietnam (University Press of Kentucky, 2019), offers an intellectual biography of General Maxwell D. Taylor and a study of the U.S. national security establishment in the Cold War. Trauschweizer traces the career of Taylor, a Kennedy White House insider and architect of U.S. strategy in Vietnam. Working with newly accessible and rarely used primary sources, he describes and analyzes the polarizing figure.

Traschwizer’s first book, The Cold War U.S. Army: Building Deterrence for Limited War  (University Press of Kansas, 2008), won the Distinguished Book Prize of the Society for Military History.

In the History Department, Trauschweizer offers an array of courses on military history in general and US diplomatic history in particular . These include:

  • HIST 3211: American Military History
  • HIST 3743: The Cold War
  • HIST 3050: The U.S. and the Vietnam War
  • HIST 3213: War, Violence, and Modernity

Trauschweizer currently serves as Director of the Contemporary History Institute.

Dr. Joshua Hill, standing at the front of a classrom with his arms folded.

Dr. Joshua Hill

Dr. Joshua Hill was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure.

His first book, Voting as a Rite: A History of Elections in Modern China (Harvard University Press, 2018), offers an in-depth study of the intellectual and cultural history of elections in modern China. Hill covers the period from the Opium War to the present (1840–2018). He explores why Chinese elites originally became enamored of elections at the end of the 19th century, why critics complained about elections that featured real competition in the early 20th century, and why elections continued to be held after the mid-20th century even though outcomes were predetermined by the state. Instead of being peripheral to political and intellectual life, Hill shows how elections were in fact a vital component.

Hill is also the author of  “Seeking Talent at the Voting Booth: Elections and the Problem of Campaigning in the Late Qing and Early Republic,” in Twentieth-Century China 38, no. 3 (October 2013), and  “Voter Education: Provincial Autonomy and the Transformation of Chinese Election Law, 1920-23,” in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 2, no. 2 (November 2013).

In the History Department, Hill primarily offers courses on Chinese history, as well as surveys of East Asian history. They include:

  • HIST 2460: Rise of Modern Asia [China, Japan, and Korea from 1600 to the Present]
  • HIST 3463/5463: History of China, Antiquity to the Early Modern Era [Stone Age to the Ming Dynasty]
  • HIST 3464/5464: History of China, Early Modern Era to the Present [Qing Dynasty to the Present]
  • T3 4115: Ancient East Asian Ideas and the Contemporary World

Hill currently serves as Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History Department.

For more on the History Department faculty, visit the History faculty directory and profile pages.

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