David Emil Mungello

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David Emil Mungello (born 1943) is an American historian on the cultural interaction between Europe and China since 1550. He has written on the introduction of Christianity into China and the reception of Confucianism into Europe.[1] He is recognized as one of the leading modern authorities on the Jesuit missions in China.[citation needed] He has also written on the history of queer Western men in China.[2]


Mungello received a B.A. in philosophy at George Washington University in 1965, an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 1973. His Ph.D. dissertation was on Leibniz and Confucianism, later published in 1977.[3] He has taught at Lingnan College in Hong Kong, Briarcliff College, Coe College (Iowa), and Baylor University.[1][4]


  • Leibniz and Confucianism: The Search for Accord (1977)
  • "Confucianism in the Enlightenment: Antagonism and Collaboration between the Jesuits and the Philosophes", China and Europe: Images and Influences [from the] Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries, Monograph Series, No. 12, Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 1991, pp. 99–128.
  • The Forgotten Christians of Hangzhou (1994)
  • The Great Encounter of China and the West, 1500-1800 (1999)
  • Curious Land: Jesuit Accommodation and the Origins of Sinology, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1989, ISBN 0-8248-1219-0.
  • Western Queers in China: Flight to the Land of Oz (2012)
  • The Chinese Rites Controversy: Its History and Meaning (1994)


  1. ^ a b Curriculum Vitae of D.E. Mungello, dated 2009-09-16
  2. ^ David Mungello, Western Queers in China: Flight to the Land of Oz. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2012
  3. ^ Mungello, David E. (1977). Leibniz and Confucianism: The Search for Accord. Honolulu: University Press of Hawaii.
  4. ^ "D. E. Mungello". History Department | Baylor University. Retrieved 17 December 2017.