Dian Murray

Dian Murray

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Department of History
Professor, Chinese History
457 Decio Hall

Dian Murray received her B.A. from Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, (1971, History, Asian Studies, Honors) and her M.A. (1974, Modern Chinese History) and Ph.D. (1979) from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (1979) Her dissertation was entitled Sea Bandits: A Study of Piracy in Early 19th Century China. Murray joined the History department at the University of Notre Dame in January 1984. She was Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame, from August 1991 to August 2001.

Current CV

Recent Publications 

The Origin of the Tiandihui: The Chinese Triads in Legend and History, in collaboration with Qin Baoqi, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994.

Pirates of the South China Coast, 1790 - 1810, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1987.

Hua nan hai dao 1790-1810 Translation of Pirates of the South China Coast, 1790–1810, Liu Ping translator, Beijing: Press of the Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences, 1997.

“The Trouble with Millenarianism: Falun Gong and the Triad Society,” in The Journal of Comparative Asian Development, Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 2004), pp.105-156.

“Piracy and China’s Maritime Transition, 1750-1850,” Maritime China in Transition, 1750 1850. Wang  Gungwu and Ng Chin-keong, eds., Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag: 2004, pp. 43-60.

“Kuang-tung ti shui shang shih chieh: ta ti sheng-t’ai he ching-chi” (The Cantonese Water World: Its Ecology and Economy) in Chung-kuo hai-yang fa-chan shih-lun wen-chi  (Collected essays on Chinese maritime development). Academia Sinica, 1999, pp 145-170.

Current Project

Murray's current project "China, The Church and 'Middle Kingdoms.'" is a broad comparative project that seeks to answer the questions "Does China have a Western analogue?" and "What happens if we use a paradigm derived from China to study the West?" Here, the term "Middle Kingdom" forms the paradigm of which both China and The Roman Church constitute instances.

Teaching Interests

Courses on pre-modern and modern Chinese history, Chinese medicine, first year seminars and departmental undergraduate workshop