Name: Dr. Kristin Bayer
Title: Assistant Professor, History
Office Location: Fontaine 216
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2426
Degrees Held:

New York University, Ph.D., History.
Major: Chinese History,
Double Minor: Japanese History, History of Women
and Gender.
Dissertation: Substance and Symbol: China and the Global
Opium Trade of the 19th Century.


I teach the Asian history classes at Marist which include: Traditional China, Modern China, Traditional Asia, Modern Asia, Women in Asia, and The Drug Trade in Asia. I also teach The Vietnam War, Representations of Tibet, and Afghanistan and its Wars.  My First Year Seminars are The Global Drug Trade and Revolution!.


"Desire, Disguise and Distaste: Early Missionary and Merchant Negotiations in Guangzhou,China" forthcoming in Merchants and Missionaries: Trade and Religion in World History edited by Alfred P. Andrea, Cambria Press.

Book review, Merchants of Canton and Macao: Politics and Strategies in Eighteenth-Century Chinese Trade, written by Paul A. Van Dyke.  Journal of Early Modern History  volume18, issue 3, 2014.

"Contagious Consumption: Commodity Debates over the Eighteenth and Nineteenth CenturyChina Trade" International Journal of Pacific Asian Studies Vol. 8, No. 2 (2012): 73-94.

"From Out of this World to the Cold War: Lowell Thomas, Tibet, and the State Department,"  Hudson River Valley Review Vol. 2, No. 2 (Spring 2012): 47-67.

"Set in Stone: continuity and ommission in possessive representations of the Great Wall" forthcoming in Theorizing the Heritage Turn in China, Amsterdam: International Institute of Asian Studies/Amersterdam University Press


Research Interests:

The nineteenth century global opium trade between Britain, British India, and China; the history of women and gender; and I am currently working on representations of opium dens in the Asian diaspora.


Association of Asian Studies
American Historical Association
World History Association


I developed along with the political science professor Shawn Shieh, who is currently based in Beijing, iDL (inverse distance learning) which uses podcast interviews, blogs, and online walking tours to enrich the campus classroom.