Crossley maintains a voluminous errata site linked to her faculty page since 1995; in a tweet, she pointed out that Zhong had missed the "good stuff" and recommended that he visit the page.Subsequently Liu Wenpeng denounced the concept of "Inner Asia" as used by "New Qing" historians, apparently following Crossley's 2009 discussion of the history of the Inner Asian term.She also argued that the analyses used by the group called "New Qing Historians" by Waley-Cohen and later popular with Chinese historians were various and conflicting, and that "New Qing History" as a "school" could not reasonably be extended beyond the small group who actually called themselves writers of "New Qing History." On the other hand, she seems to have included herself in the Qing empire school, which she calls "Qing Studies." She sees the Qing empire not as a Manchu empire but as a "simultaneous" system (like many other historical empires) in which the emperor is not subordinate to any single culture. has been successfully translated and published in China.On April 20, 2015, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences published a criticism by historian Li Zhiting of historians he called a "New Qing History" faction, accusing former Association for Asian Studies President Evelyn Rawski, Crossley, Mark C. Millward personally as being apologists for imperialism, producing fraudulent history and encouraging "splittism" in border areas.Crossley was a co-author of The Earth and its Peoples, which was a revolutionary text in 1997. in a Polity Press series of short texts introducing historical genres to undergraduates.It is a study of "narrative strategies" used by historians from many cultures, over history, to attempt to tell "a story without a center," which Crossley regards as the defining quality of "global history." In her own research work in the field of world or global history Crossley is known primarily for arguing, in agreement with a certain number of other historians of China, that not only material but also cultural and political trends produced an "early modern" period across Eurasia from about 1500 to about 1800.
Bartlett, Crossley was among the first scholars writing in English to use Manchu-language documents to research the history of the Qing Empire.The criticisms by Li were followed by an interview with associate professor Zhong Han (Minzu University) in the same CASS online journal, severely attacking both Crossley personally and her work.In a subsequent essay Zhong continued his attack on Crossley, citing errors in an article of hers that had been translated into Chinese.She has participated in A&E's "In Search of..." series ("The Forbidden City").In January 2012 the new educational platform The Faculty Project announced that Crossley would produce a video course on Modern China for their site.