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Michael Murdock

Associate Professor
Faculty of Business & Government

Social Sciences Building Room 145


  • PhD, Modern Chinese History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1999
  • MA, Modern Chinese History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1994
  • MA, International and Area Studies, Brigham Young University, 1990
  • BA, Chinese Language & Asian Studies, Brigham Young University, 1988


Michael G. Murdock hails from Spanish Fork, Utah, served a mission in Taiwan, and then studied Chinese Language / Asian Studies at BYU. For his MA from BYU’s Kennedy Center, he and his wife Setsu—Kyoto raised—spent a year in Taipei while he attended National Chengchi University. In 1990, they moved to Ann Arbor Michigan so he could continue his studies at the University of Michigan. Dr. Murdock has taught at Bowling Green State (OH), Michigan State, the University of Michigan—Dearborn, and BYU-P, but he likes BYU-Hawaii best. "It's refreshing to find an academic environment where good people--without guile or arrogance--work together to produce something precious and sacred." His first book illuminates the challenges that gave rise to China’s particular brand of nationalism which allowed Sun Yat-sen’s movement to succeed during China’s National Revolution." Mike and Setsu have three children, two of which attend BYU-Hawaii. He loves teaching, working with international students, hiking, spending time with his family, and studying small creatures of every sort.

Courses Taught:

  • HIST 202 - World Civilizations Since 1500
  • HIST 200 - The Historians Craft
  • HIST 344 - Modern China
  • HIST 346 - Modern Northeast Asia
  • HIST 350 - Modern Greater Asia
  • HIST 485 - Junior Tutorial
  • HIST 490 - Historical Research and Writing
  • ICS 423 - Nationalism and Globalization
  • POSC 101 - Introduction to Political Science
  • POSC 220 - Asian Governments
  • POSC 325 - International Relations of Asia

Teaching Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University--Hawaii, 2007
  • Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University, 1998-2007
  • Instructor, Michigan State University, 1997
  • Instructor, Bowling Green State University, 1995-1996
  • Lecturer, University of Michigan--Dearborn, 1993-1995

Selected Publications

  • "Exploiting Anti-Imperialism: Popular Agitation and Guomindang State Control during the Nationalist Revolution, 1925-1927," Modern China Issue November 2008.
  • Disarming the Allies of Imperialism: The State, Agitation, and Manipulation during China's Nationalist Revolution, 1922-1929, Cornell East Asia Series, Ithaca NY, May, 2006.
  • "Whose Modernity: Anti-Christianity and Educational Policy in Revolutionary China, 1924-1929," Twentieth-Century China 31:1, Pages 33-75, November, 2005.
  • "`Dual-Prong' Revolution: Guomindang Use of Agitation and Accommodation against Missionary Education during the Mid-1920s," Defining Modernity: Guomindang Rhetorics of a New China, Center for Chinese Studies, Ann Arbor, Noriko Kamachi, April, 2002.
  • "Poor Man's Anti-Imperialism?: The Anti-Christian Movement and the Political Value of Cultural Targest for Revolutionary Activity, August 1924-June 1925," Journal of the History of Christianity in Modern China 3, Pages 60-81, June, 2002.
  • "The Bifurcated Nation: The Agitated and State-Building Agendas of the Nationalist Regime during the Northern Expedition, June 1926-April 1927," Selected Papers in Asian Studies 70, June, 2001.