CIR Special Event addresses China in a Changing World

Hammond at Temple CROPPEDTopic:  China’s Place in a Changing World

Speaker:  Dr. Kenneth Hammond, Professor of History at New Mexico State University

Location:  Hosted at the Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive


Dr. Kenneth J. Hammond is Professor of History at New Mexico State University.  He completed his degree in Political Science in 1985, then studied Modern Chinese language at the Beijing Foreign Languages Normal School in Beijing.  He received an M.A. in Regional Studies – East Asia(1989), and a Ph.D in History and East Asian Languages (1994) from Harvard University.  In 2007, Hammond was appointed director of the Confucius Institute, a cultural initiative funded in part by Hanban on the NMSU campus that is dedicated to studying and publicizing China and Chinese culture. He is the editor of the journal Ming Studies.

Hammond was a student and Students for a Democratic Society leader at Kent State University from 1967 to 1970. 


Hammond first traveled to China in 1982 to study the language and stayed for five years. He directs a Chinese-American university exchange program at New Mexico State University.  He has produced a documentary on the revival of Confucian ritual and recorded a lecture series covering 5,000 years of Chinese history. Ken served as president of the Society for Ming Studies and as a visiting scholar at the History Institute of the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences.