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Kenneth Hammond

Kenneth Hammond

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Expertise: Asia



Associate Editor. Journal of Chinese History, Cambridge University Press

Affiliated Scholar, Team Leader, Visual Materials in Chinese Local Gazetteers, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Office Hours:

MW 11:30-1:00 (or by appointment)



B.A. History & Political Science: Kent State University, 1985

A.M. Regional Studies – East Asia: Harvard University, 1989

Ph.D., History & East Asian Languages: Harvard University, 1994


Dr. Hammond received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in History and East Asian Languages in 1994, and has taught at NMSU ever since. He specializes in the history of China in the Early Modern period, especially the 16th century. He has published numerous articles on Chinese intellectual and political history, and his book Pepper Mountain: The Life, Death and Posthumous Career of Yang Jisheng, 1516-1555 came out in 2007. In 1999 Dr. Hammond was a research fellow at the Institute of History at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and in 2002-03 he was a visiting fellow at the International Institute for Asian Studies in Leiden, the Netherlands. From 2007 to 2015 he was co-director of the Confucius Institute at New Mexico State. Since 2017 he has been affiliated with the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. He has been a lecturer for the National Geographic Society and for the Smithsonian Institution in China, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia.

Dr. Hammond’s principal current research project is Cities, Markets, Maps, a study of urban transformation in early modern China and its visual representation in maps and other images.


Spring 2019 Courses:

HIST 112G Global History since 1500

HIST 471/571 China through the Ming

HIST 475/575 History of Global Political Economy



Selected Publications:

Pepper-Mountain-193x300 Routledge-211x300 Sage-Returns-200x300 YtM-300x300