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Bradley Camp Davis

Associate Professor

A historian of imperial China and Southeast Asia, Dr. Davis offers courses on East Asia, Southeast Asia, and world history. His work crosses boundaries of geography and discipline, combining ethnographic research with archival sources to investigate the histories of communities in the uplands of the China-Southeast Asia borderlands. Since earning his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2008, Dr. Davis has held visiting appointments at Gonzaga University, l'Ecole-française d'extreme-orient, and the University of Paris. He has taught at Eastern since 2012.

Research Interests
  • Environmental History of Southeast Asia
  • History of Anthropology
  • History of Animals
Of Note

A recipient of grants from the Fulbright-Hays program, the Blakemore Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Harvard Asia Center, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Dr. Davis has published work with the University of Washington Press, Brill, and several academic journals. He also commissions book reviews for H-Asia and serves an Editorial Associate for the American Historical Review.

Teaching Interests
  • Southeast Asia
  • Vietnam
  • History of Drugs

Imperial Bandits: Outlaws and Rebels in the China-Vietnam Borderlands. (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017).

“Between Nation and Ethnos: Genealogies of Dân Tộc in Vietnamese Contexts,” in Histories of Anthropology Annual: Volume 11 – Historicizing Theories, Identities, and Nations. Edited by Regna Darnell and Frederic W. Gleach. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2017. 253-266.

“The Production of Peoples: Imperial Ethnography and the Changing Conception of Uplands Space in Nineteenth Century Vietnam,” The Asia-Pacific Journal of Anthropology. 16:4 (August 2015), 323-342.

“Consular Optics: Rebels, Factions, and Commercial Interests in the China-Vietnam Borderlands, 1874-1879,” CrossCurrents: East Asian History and Culture Review  3:2 (November 2014), 379-412. Also online:

“Volatile Allies: Two Cases of Powerbrokers in the Vietnamese-Chinese Borderlands,” in China’s Encounters on the South and Southwest Reforging the Fiery Frontier Over Two Millennia. Edited by John Whitmore and James Anderson. Leiden: Brill, 2014. 322-338.