Professor of History

Institutional Affiliation

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of History


Ph.D., History, Oklahoma State University
M.A., History, State University of New York
B.A., English, Henan University, China

Research Interests

American relations with Asian countries, particularly China; minorities in China; modern Chinese history; Taiwanese history and politics

Regional and Thematic Interests

East Asia


Xiansheng Tian is a Professor of History at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he teaches courses on modern Chinese history, modern Japanese history, and the history of the region of East Asia since 1800. He has published widely on topics concerning American relations with China, the history of Chinese scholars in the United States, and Taiwanese political history. Prior to coming to the Metropolitan State Univeresity of Denver, he taught at Oklahoma State University; Yellow River University in Zhengzhou, China; and Henan University in Kaifeng, China.