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Mark L. Metcalf

Visiting Lecturer of Global Commerce
M. Phil., Chinese Studies, St. John’s College, University of Cambridge
M.A., Chinese Studies, University of Arizona
M.S.E.E., Communications Engineering, U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
Intensive Russian (47 weeks), Defense Language Institute
B.S., Far Eastern Studies, U.S. Naval Academy
Executive education courses, Darden School of Business, Fuqua School of Business, Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Business School, Thunderbird School of Global Management
Areas of Expertise: 
Early Chinese philosophy and rhetoric
Contemporary Chinese Military ethics and strategic thought
Contemporary Chinese politics
Professional Activities: 

Mark Metcalf joins the McIntire School in 2020 as a Lecturer in Global Commerce teaching “Doing Business in China,” a seminar that investigates the historical, political, and sociological roots of business practices and norms in the PRC. Since 2014, he has taught courses in Chinese literature in UVA’s Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, including a semester-long seminar on The Art of War. Prior to UVA, Professor Metcalf spent over 25 years as a contractor working as a Signals Analyst, Systems Engineer, Project Manager (PMP), Technical Translator (Russian and Chinese), and Intelligence Analyst in support of the Department of Defense and other U.S. government agencies; assignments involved extensive travel to Europe, Asia, and Australia. This was preceded by service as a Naval Officer, during which he was initially assigned aboard a frigate homeported in Japan, where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. He subsequently transferred to the Naval Security Group and spent the majority of his naval career as a Naval Cryptologist, retiring at the rank of Commander.

Professor Metcalf’s current research is focused on contemporary Chinese military perspectives regarding strategy and ethics. He enjoys translating and analyzing Chinese military texts in order to better understand the PRC military’s approaches to decision making. He is particularly interested in understanding the uniquely Chinese historical and philosophical roots that engender such practices, perspectives that are often misunderstood in the West.

Professor Metcalf has published his research in academic and professional journal articles and book chapters. He been invited to the U.S. Naval War College to give presentations about topics ranging from the role of technical standardization in Chinese PLA Navy ship construction, to Chinese perspectives on the relevance of The Art of War to modern warfare. Since 2017, he has participated in the annual Regional Security Working Group held at China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing.

Selected Publications:

“A Survey of 21st Century PLA Military Ethics Scholarship” and “Moral Warfare: Weaponizing Ethics,” in Just War Ethics in Comparative Perspective: China and the West, Routledge, forthcoming 2020.

“Admiral Liu Huaqing: Great Helmsman of China’s 20th Century Naval Transformation,” in Going Global? The People’s Navy in a Time of Strategic Transformation, USNI Press, forthcoming 2020.

“Humiliation Is Prologue: China Uses Selective History to Justify Its Maritime Expansion," Naval History, 2019. Awarded second prize in the 2018 U.S. Naval Institute Naval History Essay Contest.

“China Envisions Growing Role in Regional Security,” U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 2018.

"Deception Is the Chinese Way of War: Chinese Military Interpretations of the Sun Tzu Are Key to Understanding Their Rationale for Strategy and Operations," U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, 2017.