Contact & Location


Department of History

Physical Address:
Administration Bldg. 315
PHONE: (208) 885-6253
FAX: (208) 885-5221
E-MAIL: history@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of History
c/o University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Pingchao Zhu

Pingchao Zhu, Ph.D.

Office: Admin 311B
Phone: (208) 885-7166
Email: pzhu@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: Department of History
P.O. Box 443175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Department of History
Associate Professor

Home Town: China
With UI Since 1996

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • East Asian History
    • U.S. Diplomatic History
    • The Korean War
    • U.S.-China relations
    • China’s warlord politics
    • Chinese foreign policy
  • Biography
    Dr. Pingchao Zhu is Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of Idaho. Her teaching and research areas include the Korean War Armistice Talks, US-China relations, Chinese wartime culture, regional warlords, and East Asian political and cultural developments. Her book on the US-China negotiation strategies during the Korean War ceasefire negotiations was published in 2001. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the Graduate International Institute at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, in the fall semester of 2008.

    She has also received numerous awards including the 2006 University of Idaho Teaching Excellence Award, six UI Alumni Awards 2003-2007, and four Navy ROTC Faculty Recognition Awards.

    Dr. Pingchao Zhu is also an international traveler visiting over 30 countries so far to incorporate historical experiences into her teaching and research.
  • Selected Publications


    • The Americans and Chinese at the Korean War Cease-fire Negotiations, 1950-1953. Edwin Mellen Press, 2001.


    • “Wartime Power Politics between the Nationalist Government and the Guangxi Warlords, 1931-45,” in Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilization: The Political Aspects of Modernity,” eds. by Leonid E. Grinin, Dmitri D. Beliaev, & Andrey V. Korotayev, URSS Press, 2009, 101-108.
    • “The Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War Culture in Global Perspective,” in America on the World Stage: US History in a Global Perspective, The University of Illinois Press, 2008, 208-216.
    • “A City at War: Politics and Culture in Wartime Guilin, 1938-44,” The American Review of Chinese Studies (Spring 2006) Vol. 7, No. 1, 1-18.
    • “Regional Politics: The CCP and the Guangxi Warlords Wartime Relations, 1936-1944,” Asian Profile, Vol. 33 (February 2005), 1-15.
    • “Lessons from History and Prospect of China’s Unification,” in Taiwan in Historical Perspective: Post-war Economy, Politics, Culture, Education, and External Relations, by Asian Press for Science, Hong Kong, 1999, 227-41 (in Chinese).
    • “The Korean War at Dinner Table,” in America’s Was in Asia: A Cultural Approach to History and Memory, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1998, 183-202.
    • “World History, A Chinese Version,” in The International Third World Studies Journal and Review, Vol. 5, No. 1 (1993), 77-82.
  • Outreach Projects
    • Faculty Advisor for the Golden Key International Honors Society University of Idaho Chapter, 2006-present
  • Awards and Honors
    • NACADA 2014 National Award 'Excellence in Faculty Advising'
    • NACADA 2014 Award Region 8 'Excellence in Advising/Faculty Academic Advising Award
    • Advisor Professional Development Grant, Golden Key International Honors Society,2009
    • Fulbright Lecture/Research Award, The Graduate Institute for Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, Fall Semester, 2008
    • Research Fellowship (at Academia Sinica, Taiwan ), Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholars Exchange, 2007
    • University of Idaho Teaching Excellence Award, 2006
    • Idaho Humanities Council Research Fellowship, 2003
    • Six University of Idaho Alumni Awards for Excellence, 2003-2007
    • University of Idaho Navy ROTC Faculty Recognition Award, 1999, 2003, 2006, 2007
    • Guest Speaker, UI Army ROTC Annual Dining Out, 2002
    • Best Professor on campus, Argonaut, 2002
    • Scholar-Athletes Recognition Award, 1999



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