Contact Information

Voice: 657-278-4613
Fax: 657-278-2101
Dept: 657-278-3474


Laichen Sun, Ph.D.

Professor of History


I received my BA from Zhengzhou University, MAs from Peking University and Northern Illinois University, and PhD from the University of Michigan. I specialize in early modern Southeast Asian History, particularly Sino-Southeast Asian overland interactions. In addition, I have a keen interest in early modern Asian and global history. I received Visiting Fellowships from the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, in 2003, and from the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, in 2008.

Research Areas

Early modern Southeast Asia & gunpowder technology