William J. Duiker is a former United States Foreign Service officer and is currently Liberal Arts Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at Penn State University. His area of expertise is East Asia; while in the Foreign Service he was stationed in Taiwan (the Republic of China), the Republic of (South) Vietnam, and Washington, D.C. After leaving the State Department in 1965, he received his Ph.D. degree in East Asian studies at Georgetown University.
While at Penn State, Duiker served for ten years as Director of International Programs and as chairman of the East Asian Studies Committee. He is the author of several books, including 'The Rise of Nationalism in Vietnam,' 'Cultures in Collision: The Boxer Rebellion,' 'Sacred War: Nationalism and Revolution in a Divided Vietnam,' 'The Communist Road to Power in Vietnam,' 'U.S. Containment Policy and the Conflict in Indochina,' 'China and Vietnam: the Roots of Conflict,' and 'Ho Chi Minh: A Life  . The latter, published in 2000, was the first comprehensive biography of Ho Chi Minh using sources from Vietnam. He also collaborates with his colleague Jackson J. Spielvogel in authoring the textbook 'World History,' which is now in its ninth edition with Cengage Press. He is also the sole author of Contemporary World History (Cengage Press), which is soon to come out in its seventh edition. Duiker retired from teaching in 1997 and is currently living in Southern Shores, N.C. with his wife Yvonne. He has two children, Laura Duiker Garlitos and Claire Louise Duiker. .