Dr. Roland Higgins
Education: BA History, Oberlin College, 1968; MA 1976 & PhD 1981 in East Asian History, University of Minnesota. Certificate in Japanese 1974, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. Languages: Chinese (Modern Standard Chinese, Literary Chinese), Japanese, French (near native ability), some Latin.
Teaching Experience (Partial List): Graduate Teaching Assistant, U. of Minnesota; Lecturer, University of Vermont, Dartmouth College, and Semester-at-Sea (University of Pittsburgh); and, from Asst. to Full Professor of History, Keene State College (1982-present).
Administrative Experience at KSC: Coordinator of History/Philosophy Section; and Coordinator of Social Sciences Program; plus service on various KSC committees, incl. currently the Social Sciences Steering Committee.
Advising: History Major and Minor, Social Sciences Major, International Studies Minor.
Foreign Field-Experiences, Residency, and Travel: Resided in France total of five years. Directed and Led study tours in China, Japan, India. Was Shipboard Asian Expert and Lecturer on the Semester-at-Sea Program 1983FA. Extensive Research travel in East Asia, including the People's Republic of China, ROC Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, South Korea, Japan, as well as Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland, Andorra, Monaco, Britain, Scotland, Wales, Iceland, Canada, Morocco.
Recent Field Experiences: Participation in the 2004 Silk Road Foundation on-site Faculty Seminar at the Buddhist Caves of Dunhuang, China; invited by L'Ecole Française d'Extrême-Orient to present a paper at an Oct. 2006 Conference entitled, "Chinese Frontier History," Academia Sinica, Taibei, Taiwan, ROC. Participation in the 2009 Silk Road Foundation on-site Faculty Seminar, "China's Northern Frontier: Art, Archaeology, History" co-sponsored with Yale University and Beijing University.
Memberships: American Historical Association, Association for Asian Studies, New England Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Society for Ming Studies, Society for Qing Studies, New England Historical Association, World History Association, New England Regional Historical Association (current Vice President). Cf. www.NERWHA.org
Grants & Fellowships (Partial List): NDEA Title VI Foreign Language and Area Fellowship in Chinese; ACLS/Mellon Grant; Minneapolis Foundation Grant; National Endowment for the Humanities, New Hampshire Humanities Council, plus various KSC Faculty Sabbatical, Faculty Development, and Alumni Assoc. grants.
Publications (Partial List): in L'Art et la Mer (Paris), Ming Studies (of which I was also a book review editor and Board member), Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, the Encyclopedia of Asian History(Scribner's), Historical Dictionary of WWII France(Greenwood), Education About Asia (of which I was also China Editor), Encyclopedia of World History (ABC-CLIO), Encyclopedia of Modern China (MacMillan).
Consulting: reviewer and reader for several academic publishers. Teaching Areas: History of East Asia (esp. China and Japan), American-East Asian Relations, Comparative and World History, plus various Interdisciplinary Subjects in the Arts&Humanities and Social Sciences.
Research Areas: Late Imperial China (esp. Ming and Qing Periods) & Early Modern Japan (Sengoku and Tokugawa), esp. political, social, military, cultural and foreign relations, including Sino-Japanese relations, European and American-East Asian relations.
Current Projects: Preparing to present paper on Ming China's Imperial Expansionism for the International World History Conference at Capital Normal University Beijing, China, July 2011. Revising a book manuscript on Ming Coastal History (currently under contract).