Associate Professor


Ph.D., History, University of California Berkeley, 1995
M.A., Asian History, University of California Berkeley
B.A., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, with honors

CAS Speaker Bureau Topic(s)

Contemporary Chinese politics, society, and culture; modern Chinese history (anything from 1840 to the present)

Research Interests

Late imperial and modern Chinese history, Journalists, Journalism, Media, Political Culture, Intellectuals

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia


Professor Weston’s research focuses on intellectuals, political culture, and media in modern China. In 2012 he published a co-edited collection entitled China in and beyond the Headlines (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers), and before that he published separate co-edited books on the same theme. In 2004 he published The Power of Position: Beijing University, Intellectuals and Chinese Political Culture, 1898-1929 (University of California Press).

Professor Weston’s new book, China in and beyond the Headlines, was released in late-summer 2012 and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic title for 2013. Professor Weston teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate classes on Chinese history. He is also interested in the field of World History and is preparing to teach courses in that field in the near future.

Selected Publications

2013 "Taiwanese Newspapers and Politics in China’s Shadow." In Mobile Horizons: Dynamics across the Taiwan Strait, edited by Wen-hsin Yeh, 208-234. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies.

2012 Jensen, Lionel M., and Timothy Weston, eds. China in and beyond the Headlines. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

2010 "China, Professional Journalism, and Liberal Internationalism in the Era of the First World War." Pacific Affairs 83, no. 2 (June): 327-347.

2007 Jensen, Lionel M., and Timothy Weston, eds. China’s Transformations: The Stories beyond the Headlines. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

2004 The Power of Position: Beijing University, Intellectuals and Chinese Political Culture, 1898-1929. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.