• CSUN History Department

Richard S. Horowitz

Richard Horowitz
(818) 677-3551
Office location:
Sierra Tower 626



PhD, Harvard University
MA, Harvard University
BA Haverford College

Courses Taught

HIST 110 World History to 1500
HIST 192 Modern East Asia
HIST 301 The Historian’s Craft
HIST 490 Imperial China
HIST 491a Early Modern China
HIST 491b China since 1911
HIST 590 Colloquium on East Asian History
HIST 601 Theory and Historiography
HIST 630 Research Seminar in World History

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Rong Hang de shijie: shijiu shiji quanqiuhua xia de Zhongguo” [Yung Wing’s World: China in the Globalizing Nineteenth Century] in Quanqiu shi ping lun [Global History Review] published by Capital Normal University, Beijing, 3 (2010): 154-168
  • “The Ambiguities of an Imperial Institution: Crisis and Transition in the Chinese Maritime Customs, 1899-1911,” Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 36.2 (June 2008): 275-294
  • “Politics, Power and the Chinese Maritime Customs: The Qing Restoration and the Ascent of Robert Hart,” Modern Asian Studies 40.3 (July 2006): 549-581
  • “Stateless in Shanghai” in Xie Boliang and Zhan Renzuo eds Haipai Wenhua yu chuanbo [Shanghai Culture and Communications] (Beijing: Zhongguo xiju chabanshe, 2005), 371-393 [Chinese version pp. 356-370]
  •  “International Law and State Transformation In China, Siam, and the Ottoman Empire During the Nineteenth Century,” Journal of World History 15.4 (December 2004): 445-486.

Research and Interests 

Richard Horowitz joined the History Department at California State University Northridge in 1999 and served as  Department Chair from 2010 to 2016. Trained as a historian of modern China, he subsequently developed a second specialization in the emerging field of World History. His research explores the intersection of China and processes of global integration from the 1820s to the 1920s. He teaches courses on China, Japan, world history, and historical methods.