Zhongtian Han


Prof. Zhongtian Han.

Zhongtian Han


Zhongtian Han


Research Interests

Modern China; Chinese revolution; Chinese socialism; history of technology; history of warfare


  • PhD, George Washington University, 2023
  • MA, London School of Economics, 2015
  • BA, Peking University, 2014 

Current Research

My dissertation and book project, The Chinese Communist Party’ Radio Communications and Reconnaissance: Institutions, Technology, and Culture, 1930–1953, analyzes how continuous efforts to coordinate and centralize revolutionary movements in an internationalized civil war drove strong institutional and cultural developments centered around radio technology in the Chinese revolution. My second book project explores the Chinese Communist Party’s production and use of meteorological knowledge to build a socialist state in the 1950s and 60s.  



Book Reviews

Review of The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History, by Tonio Andrade; Mō Takutō no kyōkokuka senryaku, 1949–1976 [Mao Zedong’s becoming a strong nation strategy, 1949–1976], by Yamaguchi Shinji; and Mao’s Third Front: The Militarization of Cold War China, by Covell F. Meyskens. China International Strategy Review (2023). 

Review of Recharging China in War and Revolution, 1882–1955, by Ying Jia Tan. Journal of Military History 86, no. 4 (October 2022): 1008–9.

Review of The Soldier Image and State-Building in Modern China, 1924–1945, by Yan Xu. American Journal of Chinese Studies 26, no. 2 (October 2019): 158–59.


  • George and May Shiers Memorial Fund Fellowship, The George Washington University, 2023
  • Hans J. Morgenthau Fellowship in Grand Strategy, The University of Notre Dame, 2022–2023
  • Russell F. Weigley Graduate Student Travel Grant Award, The Society for Military History, 2022
  • Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship, The George Washington University, 2022
  • Summer Research Travel Grant, The Sigur Center for Asian Studies, The George Washington University, 2020
  • Howard M. Sachar Prize for Best Graduate Research Paper, The Department of History, The George Washington University, 2018