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Creative Research and Scholarship Award

This award honors the research achievements and contributions of faculty who have distinguished themselves through research, scholarly works and/or creative contributions to their fields.

Morris Bian
Associate Professor - History
College of Liberal Arts

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Born and raised in China, Morris Bian received a bachelor of arts in political science and a master,s in history before coming to the United States in the late 1980s to pursue advanced degrees in history. He earned a masters degree in United States history from Southern Illinois University in 1991 and a doctorate in Chinese history from the University of Washington in 1998. In September 1998, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Department of History at Auburn. His teaching responsibilities include courses in modern Chinese history, East Asian history, and world history at the undergraduate and graduate level. His research focuses on 20th century Chinese political, economic, and institutional history. He has published articles in journals including Modern China and Enterprise & Society. His first book, The Making of the State Enterprise System in Modern China: The Dynamics of Institutional Change, was recognized in 2005 by Choice Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title of the Year. In 2007, the International Convention of Asian Scholars named his book one of the top ten social science books in Asian studies. His current research project explores the formation of China's regional state enterprise system during the 20th century.