Professor David Brophy

David Brophy received his BA in Chinese/Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and his MA and PhD from Harvard University. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Sydney and an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University. He is the author of two recently-published books on Western China: The Origins of Qing Xinjiang: A Set of Historical Sources on Turfan and Uyghur Nation: Reform and Revolution on the Russia-China Frontier.  He speaks Mandarin, Uygur, Turkish, Russian and Persian. . Dr. Brophy’s specialized research on the social and political history of China’s northwest, his numerous travels to the sites on our itinerary, and his warm personality, make him an ideal leader for any journey along the Silk Road.

Tours Led by David Brophy

  • Tour Western China’s Silk Road China Silk Road TourOctober 10 - 26, 2017 | David Brophy Begin in X'ian where a king enshrined hundreds of clay warriors in his grave. See the renowned Mogao Caves filled with ornate Buddhist paintings, explore one of the world's oldest continuous markets in Kashgar, learn about the Uighur culture, and travel through the Taklamakan Desert by camel to see the earliest Buddhist pagoda. Highlights will include Kashgar market, Turpan, Kuqa, Urumqi and much more.