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James Marsh Professors-at-Large Program

Biography: David Christian

Professor of History
San Diego State University
Founder and Current President of
Australasian Society for Inner Asian Studies

David ChristianDavid Christian (PhD, Oxford, 1974) is professor of history at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and a Research Fellow at Ewha Women's University in Seoul. He is the author of numerous books, including Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History. The book emerged from an innovative history course that Professor Christian taught for over a decade and has become the foundational text in the emerging field of universal or “big history.” Big history weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines into a single, accessible origin story. For a summary of his work, see Professor Christian’s TED talk.

Professor Christian is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, Affiliates Chair for the World History Association, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Global History and the Cambridge History of the World. In 2009, he received an ARC grant to support research on the second volume of his history of Inner Eurasia. Over the next few years, he will also be working with the support of Bill Gates to create an online course in Big History for High School students; for details on the course, see:

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