History Faculty — Dr. Jeff Hornibrook


Photo of Jeff Hornibrook My classes cover so many interesting people and topics - from China's first emperor to Mao Zedong, bandit violence to guerrilla warfare, Confucian men to revolutionary women, the peasant lifestyle to industrialization - that I always find something new to think about and so do my students.

I am currently examining the early history of a Chinese railroad line that runs from a coalmine in the central highlands to the river valley below.

This summer I visited that community and I walked in the old home of the coalmine engineers, visited the grave site of a powerful local Chinese leader, and rode that old railroad line with thousands of Chinese peasants who were leaving the mines and villages in search of jobs in the new Chinese economy.


  • M.A./Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1996. Specialization: Chinese History.
  • B.A. St. Cloud State University, 1983. Specialization: International Studies.

Teaching Areas

  • China.
  • Japan.
  • East Asia.
  • Peasant studies.
  • Global.

Research Areas

  • Late Imperial/Early Republican China.
  • Chinese industrialization.

Recent Publications

  • "Local Elites and Mechanized Mining in China: The Case of the Wen Lineage in Pingxiang County, Jiangxi," Modern China (April, 2001).
  • "Riding the Tiger: Merchant-State Alliance in a Coalmine Modernisation Scheme," Business History (April, 2003).

Faculty Website

Contact Jeff Hornibrook

Office: Champlain Valley Hall, 225
Phone: (518) 564-5215
Email: hornibjh@plattsburgh.edu