Max Oidtmann

Max Oidtmann is a historian of Late Imperial China (1368-1912) and Inner Asia (Islamic Central Asia, Tibet, Mongolia, and Manchuria). He is the author of Forging the Golden Urn: The Qing Empire and the Politics of Reincarnation in Tibet (Columbia University Press, 2018).


Dr. Oidtmann is also interested in modern China and minority affairs in the People's Republic of China. His current research is on the legal culture of Tibet during the Qing dynasty (roughly 1636-1912). At Georgetown, he teaches Asian history, as well as specialized courses on the history of China, Islam and Muslims in East Asia, Tibet, and comparative studies of empire and colonialism. Dr. Oidtmann received his PhD from Harvard University in History and East Asian Languages in March 2014. He works with historical materials in Chinese, Manchu, Tibetan, Uyghur, and Japanese languages.