Randall Dodgen

Title: Professor

Concentration: East Asia and Pacific History

Education: Ph.D., Yale University

Office: Stevenson 3009B

Phone: (707) 664-3279

Email: dodgen@sonoma.edu


Professor Randall Dodgen received his Ph.D. in Chinese History from Yale University in 1989. Dr. Dodgen first became interested in China during a visit to Hong Kong in 1967. In the 1980s he spent almost five years studying Chinese language and doing research in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Beijing and other parts of China. Dr. Dodgen lives in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.


  • HIST 202: Development of the Modern World
  • HIST 335: Early China
  • HIST 338: Early Japan
  • HIST 377: Special Topics in Asian and Pacific History
  • HIST 380: Twentieth Century World
  • HIST 435: Modern China
  • HIST 438: Modern Japan
  • HIST 498: East Asian Revolutions
  • HIST 498: Pacific Voyages and Encounters
  • HIST 498: Class and Gender in East Asia

Selected Scholarship:

Controlling the Dragon; Confucian Engineers and the Yellow River in Late Imperial China, University of Hawaii Press, 2001.

"Hydraulic religion: 'great king' cults in the Ming and Qing" Modern Asian Studies 33.4: 815-833, 1999.

“Salvaging Kaifeng: Natural Calamity and Urban Community in Late Imperial China,” Journal of Urban History,  21:6, Sept. 1995, 716-740.

“Hydraulic Evolution and Dynastic Decline: The Yellow River in Late Imperial China,” Late Imperial China, 12:2, Dec. 1991, 36-63.

“Counter-ritual and popular political consciousness: late Ch‘ing "secret societies" in perspective.” In Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy in Late Imperial China, Montecito, CA, 1981.