Visiting Instructor
Urban history, 19th-century China

Old Main 303


James Coplin (he/him) is teaching at Macalester Spring 2022 and is currently finishing his PhD work at the University of Minnesota. He has roots to Macalester graduating with computer science and history majors in 1999. Prior to joining Macalester, James taught at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf, Hamline, and St. Thomas.

James’ research is focused on the urban history and lived experiences of the foreign community of Westerners in Canton, China (modern day Guangzhou) in the nineteenth century on the eve of the Opium War. His interests and research focus on environment, immigrants, empire, information networks, and material culture.

This semester, James is teaching several courses on the history of East Asia and China, “Introduction to East Asia,” “History of Modern China,” and “Sailing East and Marching West – A Comparative History of British and Qing China Empires.”

Fall 2022 Office Hours: Tuesday 12:00-1:00 pm