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Editors

Thomas S. Mullaney is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University, and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China and principal editor of Critical Han Studies: Understanding the Largest Ethnic Group on Earth (forthcoming on University of California Press, co-edited with James Leibold, Stéphane Gros, and Eric Vanden Bussche). He is currently examining the problem of linguistic modernity in nineteenth- and twentieth-century China through the lens of Chinese typewriting, telegraphy, computing, and related language systems.

Gina Russo is a Ph.D. student in Chinese History at Stanford University focusing on Republican and early Communist-period Chinese history. She is particularly interested in the history of education, language reform, and national and local identity.

Authors and Reviewers (Past, Present, and Upcoming)

Nicole Elizabeth Barnes is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese and World histories at the University of California, Irvine History Department. She is the recipient of numerous grants, including the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant, the University of California Pacific Rim Research Program Dissertation Research Grant, and the Taiwan National Library Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant for Foreign Scholars. She is currently working on her dissertation on public health in southwestern China—chiefly the wartime capital city of Chongqing—during the war with Japan. Her primary research interests are gender history, the history of medicine, Chinese ethnic minorities, world history, and what makes the “modern” world worthy of the label. Her favorite summer was 1999, when she rode an old Trek bicycle named “Poubelle” across the United States with the young man who became her husband, doing community service along the way and seeing the heart of her nation.

Benjamin Brose received his Ph.D. from the Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University in 2009, and is currently Assistant Professor of Chinese Religions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Primary research interests include the development of monastic-lay networks during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, the history of Chan Buddhism, and monastic reform during the late Qing and Republican eras. His most recent project is learning how to bike in the snow.

Jeremy Brown is Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese History at Simon Fraser University.  He was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and educated at Lewis & Clark College (BA) and the University of California, San Diego (MA, Ph.D.).  His research focuses on the social history of modern China.  He is co-editor of Dilemmas of Victory: The Early Years of the People’s Republic of China (Harvard University Press, 2007, paperback released in 2010, Chinese-language version forthcoming from Chinese University Press in 2011).  He rides a recumbent bicycle.

Kevin Carrico is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. His research examines political culture in contemporary China, with a focus upon state ideology, nationalism and national spectacles, and neo-traditionalist movements. He is currently conducting fieldwork on the emergence and appeal of neo-traditionalist practices in urban China, including the Han Clothing Movement (Hanfu Yundong) and traditional “ladies education” (shunv jiaoyu). He is also working on a study analyzing the myths of the grass-mud horse (caonima) and the other Baidu Mythical Creatures.

Wesley Chaney is a Ph.D. student in the Stanford History Department focusing on Qing history.  He is primarily interested in trade and the law, especially in western regions and Tibet.  In his spare time, Wesley cheers on the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks and occasionally moonlights as a KTV superstar.

Li Chen is Assistant Professor in the History Department and in the Global Asia Studies Program of the Department of Humanities at the University of Toronto. He received his J.D. from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His research interests include late imperial and modern Chinese history; Sino-Western relations (1400-2000); Chinese law and society; sovereignty and biopolitics; cultural encounters and Orientalism; and international law and European colonialism. His recent publications are “Law, Empire, and Historiography of Modern Sino-Western Relations: A Case Study of the Lady Hughes Controversy in 1784” in the Law & History Review (2009), “Universalism and Equal Sovereignty as Contested Myths of International Law in the Sino-Western Encounter” in the Journal of the History of International Law (early 2011), and contributions to Pierre Étienne Will’s Official Handbooks and Anthologies of Imperial China: A Descriptive and Critical Bibliography (forthcoming). He is revising a book manuscript and has two new projects in progress. He has been trying hard to find time to play with his two little boys.

Zhihong Chen defended her doctoral dissertation at the University of Oregon on August 8, 2008, an auspicious day when the Beijing Olympics started on the other side of the globe. A few days later, she started as Assistant Professor of History at Guilford College (Greensboro, NC), a Quaker-heritage liberal arts institution on the other side of the country. She is currently writing a manuscript on the “Going to the frontier” movement among Chinese intellectuals and officials during the 1930s and its historical influence on the ethnic and geographic construction of modern Chinese nation. She is also interested in the disciplinary formation of modern Chinese geography and the connection between geography, race and ethnicity in early Republican China. In her spare time, she enjoys experimenting on a musical keyboard, spending time with her family, and indulging herself in literature (Chinese and English). You can find her website here.

Margaret Clinton is Assistant Professor of History at Middlebury College. She received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2009.  Her research interests include modern Chinese cultural and intellectual history, interwar fascisms, gender, and social theory. Though still adjusting to her recent move from Brooklyn, she is enjoying her new life in rural Vermont.

Chunmei Du is Assistant Professor of History at Western Kentucky University. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2009. Her research and teaching interests include modern Chinese intellectual history, Chinese diaspora, Western imaginations of China and “the East,” and global history. While her passion is in dancing (all sorts from Ballroom, Belly, to freestyle), she is currently taking piano lessons hoping to understand the beauty of accuracy and repetition.

Wendy Fu is Assistant Professor in the History department at Case Western Reserve University, having received her Ph.D. from Yale University. Her primary areas of research include the history of medicine and the body in the late Qing and Republican periods.

Erik Hammerstrom is Assistant Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions at Pacific Lutheran University. He holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, and an M.A. from the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. His primary research interest is the intellectual and institutional history of Chinese Buddhism during the modern period, concentrating on Buddhist responses to discourses of modernity, such as the discourses surrounding both modern science and comparative religion (what F. Max Müller labeled the “Science of Religion”). As an extension of his work on Chinese Buddhism, he helped establish the Database of Modern Chinese Buddhism, which he co-edits. When not doing research, he plucks away on a number of semi-esoteric stringed instruments and supports the Portland Timbers soccer team.

Hyungju Hur is a Ph. D student in the department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation, the tentative title of which is “Staging the Modern Statehood of China: World Exhibitions and Transnational Publishing in Late Qing China (1851-1910).” Her dissertation demonstrates how critical news coverage of the representations of China at the world exhibitions in the transnational publishing networks of mainland China and the overseas Chinese community served as a means for staging contention and conflict over the modern statehood of China between the Qing government, its educated elites, and its reading publics during the late Qing period. She received her first Master’s degree in International Studies at Yonsei University in Korea with her thesis, “Ethnic Identity of Overseas Chinese in Korea.” Her primary research interests are topics such as the legacies of Japanese colonialism in Asia that enable transnational and interdisciplinary approaches to Chinese history as well as to that of other East Asian countries in their global contexts.

J. Brooks Jessup is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and specializes in the social history of religion in modern China. His dissertation, “The Householder Elite: Buddhist Activism in Shanghai, 1920-1956,” was completed at the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. Brooks is an avid soccer player and pet lover.

Matthew Johnson is Assistant Professor of History at Grinnell college. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego in 2008. His research interests include propaganda and mass communication; Cold War foreign relations and counter-hegemonic networks; political culture, technology, and social control; early Nationalist and Communist party filmmakers; internationalism; and Sino-US relations. Matthew has just completed a move from Oxford, England to central Iowa.  His most recent non-scholarly activities include driving 26-foot moving trucks and watching the I-Cubs.

Kwang-min Kim is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his MA in East Asian history from Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, and his Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in early modern Chinese history (the Ming-Qing period), and has a particular interest in the transformation of the Chinese borderlands and East Asian world order from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century. His research focuses on the role of the two global currents of the early modern world, colonialism and transnational trade, in transforming East Asia. He is currently preparing a book on Muslim collaborators in Chinese Turkestan under the Qing Empire in the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries. When he’s not studying, he enjoys watching TV and movies. He has been dreaming of writing a book like The Wire someday.

Loretta Kim is Assistant Professor of History at Hong Kong Baptist University.  She holds AM and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, and started her academic career at the State University of New York at Albany.  Her primary research interests are Qing-dynasty frontier administration, the history of Northeastern China from 1600 to the present, and ethnicity in contemporary China.  In addition to these topics, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on 20th century Chinese history in film, Europeans in East Asia during the 15th through 19th centuries, and comparative cases of imperialism and colonialism in Asia.  Loretta enjoys sampling various cuisines (drawing the line at horse heads and monkey brains), watching independent films and soccer games, and collecting coffee-related paraphernalia in her free time.

Tong Lam teaches Chinese and East Asian history at the University of Toronto. He is the the author of A Passion for Facts: Social Surveys and the Construction of the Chinese Nation-State, 1900-1949 (Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2011).

James Leibold is a political historian of modern China with specific research expertise on the role of ethnicity, race and national identity in modern Chinese history and society, and the intersections between historical memory and ethnic identity in contemporary China. A native of the USA and a Ph.D. graduate of the University of Southern California, Dr. Leibold is currently a Senior Lecturer in Politics and Asian Studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. His 2007 book, Reconfiguring Chinese Nationalism, explores the role of the frontier and its indigenes in fashioning the contours, boundaries, and meanings of modern Chinese identity. His current research projects include a critical analysis of the category of “Han” identity in modern China, the rise of Han cybernationalism and an exploration of how the Chinese Internet is reshaping identity politics, practice and discourse in contemporary Chinese society. In his free time, James “the doctor of spin” Leibold dreams of one day representing his adopted Australia in Test cricket, where his unorthodox, bent-right-arm googly could help to revolutionize (Americanize) this age-old “gentlemen’s game,” ensuring that terms like wicket, stumps, willow and LBW become household names in America.

Christopher Leighton is Assistant Professor of History at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard. His research interests are in modern China’s social and cultural history, the history of Chinese capitalism, Sino-foreign exchange, and PRC history. While a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford, he regularly received free coffee from San Francisco baristas who misheard and thought he was a ‘Maoist scholar’.

Ji Li is a Post-doctoral Fellow and Instructor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan in 2009, and B.A. and M.A. in History from Peking University, China. Her research interests center on the social, cultural, and religious history of late imperial China, with a particular emphasis on the transnational and cross-cultural communications between France and China. Her current book project explores the relationships between Christianity and local society in Northeast China, and the interplay of religious education, literacy and women in rural society. Ji’s happiest moment in a day is when she plays with Louis, her 1.5 year old son who just learned to count 1 to 10 in both Chinese and English and enjoys counting day and night.

David Luesink is a Ph.D. candidate in Chinese History at the University of British Columbia who studies the relationship between medicine, science and power in the mundane “governmentalizing” activities of elites in early twentieth-century China. His dissertation project examines epistemological rupture in this period through the activities of transnational networks that were established between physicians, scientists, educators, politicians, and philologists who sought to institutionalize medicine and science by unifying their technical terminologies. He is also developing a related, but separate project on the absorption of Chinese bodies into the global capitalist system through the material, biopolitical practices of anatomy. These research projects take him into the little explored territory where Chinese history meets network and science studies. To raise his heart rate, and his line of vision, he also occasionally climbs the Grouse Grind, a 2.9 km trail with an 853 meter elevation gain, securing amazing views of Vancouver, the Straits of Georgia, Mt. Baker, and the cities and towns of northern Washington State.

Zhao Ma received his Ph.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007. He is currently the Freeman Post-Doctoral Fellow in China Studies (2009-2011) at Washington University in St. Louis. He is working on a book manuscript entitled On the Run: Women, Mobility, and the Making of Beijing, 1930s-50s, which studies mobility and lower-class women’s survival strategies in Beijing during the three tumultuous decades of war, occupation, and revolution. Besides doing research on Chinese urban history, he teaches a variety courses that cover material culture, law, film, gender, and historical landscape in late imperial and modern China.

Kristin Mulready-Stone is Assistant Professor of History at Kansas State University. She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 2009.  Her research interests include recruitment, organization and indoctrination of youth in Republican China; the political and social history of Shanghai during World War II; and history and memory of heroism in World War II Shanghai.  She teaches a variety of courses at K-State, including China Since 1644, Modern East Asia, World History Since 1450, Imperialism, and History and Security: East Asia and she is currently developing a course on the twentieth-century wars in Vietnam.  She and her husband have three daughters in elementary school, the youngest of whom just started kindergarten.  This rite of passage for a five-year-old has revolutionized the professional lives of her history professor parents.  When not working or helping her kids with their homework, Kristin can often be found playing her violin.

Juanjuan Peng is currently Assistant Professor at Georgia Southern University, having earned her MS in economics at Wuhan University and her Ph.D. in history at The Johns Hopkins University.  She specializes in twentieth-century economic development in China, and her recent publications include two articles on the historical origin of Chinese business groups and regional business patterns in China.

George Zhijian Qiao is a Ph.D. student in Chinese history at Stanford University focusing on the late imperial period. Currently, his major interest lies in the stories of the Shanxi merchants during the Qing dynasty. For him, the Shanxi merchants are fascinating for both their business achievements and the architectural magnificence they have left in the form of the Pingyao ancient city, villages, mansions, and the Huiguan buildings all over China. In addition to the Shanxi merchants, his passions include soccer, travel, fashion, tea, refined food, and making friends.

Nicolas Tackett is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley.  He specializes in the history of Tang-Song China, with particular research interests in elites, urban social networks, and borders & ethnicity.  Currently, he is working on a monograph that provides a sociocultural explanation for the transformation of medieval Chinese elites across the Tang-Song transition, partly on the basis of a database of 30,000 ninth- and tenth-century individuals.  He is also working on a second project that describes the emergence of a Chinese national consciousness among eleventh-century elites.

Cagdas Ungor is a lecturer at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Marmara University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research interests include Chinese political history, Cold War studies, international relations of East Asia and Sino-Turkish exchanges. Ungor received her Ph.D. from the History Department at SUNY, Binghamton with a specialty in Chinese modern history (2009). Her dissertation focuses on the external propaganda activities in the PRC during the Maoist decades (1949-1976). In her previous work at the Cultural Studies M.A. program of Istanbul Bilgi University, Ungor analyzed the emergence and transformation of the Turkish Maoist movement (1966-1977). Ungor received her bachelors degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara in 1998. Besides her academic activies, Ungor spends most of her time enjoying the sights and sounds of Istanbul with family and friends (which became an absolute necessity after a long, long expat life).

Eric Vanden Bussche is a PhD candidate in Chinese history at Stanford University. He holds an M.A. degree in Chinese history from Peking University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. His research interests include ethnicity, nationalism and border demarcation in late imperial and modern China. He considers himself a citizen of the world: Born in Canada to Belgian-German parents, he spent most of his childhood in Brazil and, prior to attending Stanford, lived ten years in China.

Wang Dun (王敦) is Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Chinese Department at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. He grew up in Beijing and received his B.A. from the Chinese Department, Peking University. He earned his M.A. in 2004 and Ph.D. in 2008 in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation, “Give Me a Day, and I will Give You the World”: Chinese Fiction Periodicals in Global Context, 1900-1910 (under the direction of Professor Andrew F. Jones) examines the role of modern fiction in the reshaping the Chinese cultural landscape in the early twentieth century. His research interest in early modern Chinese narrative also serves as a sounding board for his explorations of contemporary Chinese culture and society.

Yvon Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Stanford History Department focusing on Qing and early Republican Chinese history. She finds the history of gender and sexuality, material culture, and everyday life especially exciting. Running in the beautiful Californian outdoors and eating delightful Californian produce are among her top extracurricular activities.