Sean Cronan

Graduate Student

East Asia: China

My work focuses on diplomatic and commercial encounters between China, Japan, and Southeast Asia in the second millennium, with a special focus on the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). Specifically, I trace the development of new shared diplomatic norms expressed through literary Sinitic beginning in the fourteenth century, looking at how ideas of multipolarity and regime legitimacy came under debate throughout Ming China, Chosŏn Korea, Muromachi Japan, Ayutthaya (Thailand), and beyond. I work with sources in Chinese (literary Sinitic), Manchu, Japanese, Thai, and Dutch.

Research Interests

  • Diplomatic History
  • Maritime History 
  • Institutional History
  • Global History
  • Early Modern 

Awards and Fellowships  

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Award: Burmese – 2021 summer 
  • Graduate Seminar Paper Prize for paper “The Making of an Imperial Resource: a Pre-history of the Canton System (1683–1757)” – 2020-2021 academic year 
  • Beinecke Scholar – 2018-present 
  • Hunter R. Rawlings III Presidential Research Grant, Cornell University – 2017-2019