2015. "Formal Justice and Political Expediency: The Fate of Due Process in Republican China, 1912-1949," Conference on "Law and the Legal Profession in China," University of Pittsburgh, Feb. 27-28, 2015.
Ph.D. in Modern Chinese History, Columbia University, New York
M. Phil. in Modern Chinese History, Columbia University, New York
M.A. in History, the University of Akron, Ohio
M.A. in History, East China Normal University, Shanghai
B.A. in History, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai
2014. Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China: The Chenbao Fukan and the New Culture Era, 1918-1928. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
2008. Trial of Modernity: Judicial Reform in Early-Twentieth-Century China, 1901-1937. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. Chinese edition, Beijing: Encyclopedia of China Publishing House, forthcoming.
2007. Minguo Shiqi De Guojia Yu Shehui (State and Society in Republican China). Beijing: New Star Press. [In Chinese]
2001. Chinese Professionals and the Republican State: The Rise of Professional Associations in Shanghai, 1912-1937. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press; paperback edition, 2006.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters:
2014. "Placing China in the Colonial World Order: Travelogues in the Chenbao Fukan, 1921-1926," Twentieth-Century China (London: Maney Publishing), Vol. 39, No.1 (January 2014):69-89.
2012. "Law and Courts as Negotiating Tools: Marriage and Divorce in Republican China, 1912-1949," in Stefan B. Kirmse, ed., One Law for All? Western Models and Local Practices in (Post-) Imperial Contexts. Frankfurt, Germany: Campus Verlag. Pp.183-208.
2010. “Judicial Professionalization in China: In Light of the Republican Experience,” in William Alford, William Kirby, and Kenneth Winston, eds., Prospects for the Professions in China. London: Routledge. Pp.25-47.
2010. “Professional Theater and Urban Culture: The Emergence of Chinese Spoken Drama in the 1920-1930s,” in Wu Renshu, Paul Katz, and Lin Mei-li, eds., The City and Chinese Modernity. Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan. Pp.292-325.
2008. “Social Actors, Cultural Capital, and the State: The Standardization of Bank Accounting Classification and Terminology in Early-Twentieth-Century China,” Accounting, Organizations and Society (London: Elsevier, Ltd.), Vol.33, No.1 (January 2008):73-102. [Co-authored].
2007. “The Rule of Law without Due Process: Punishing Robbers and Bandits in Early-Twentieth-Century China,” Modern China (Sage Publications), Vol.23, No. 2 (April 2007):230-257.
2006. “Negotiating Western Models and Chinese Practices: Judicial Reform in the Late Qing New Policy, 1901-1911,” in Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, Agnes Schick-Chen, and Sascha Klotzbücher, eds., As China Meets the World: China’s Changing Position in the International Community. Vien: Der Österreichischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press), 2006. Pp.99-121.
2004. “Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Transnational Networks: The Chenbao Fujuan, 1921-1928,” China Review (The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press), Vol.4, No.1 (Spring 2004):145-173.
2003. “Becoming Professional: Chinese Accountants in Early Twentieth-Century Shanghai,” Accounting Historians Journal (The Academy of Accounting Historians), Vol.30, No.1 (June 2003):129-153. [Co-authored]
2001. "Human Rights and the Discourse on Universality: A Chinese Historical Perspective," in Lynda Bell, Andrew Nathan, and Ilan Peleg, eds., Negotiating Culture and Human Rights. Columbia University Press, 2001. Pp.217-241.
2001. “National Salvation and Cultural Reconstruction: Shanghai Professors’ Responses to the National Crisis in the 1930s,” in Wei and Liu, eds., Chinese Nationalism in Perspective. Greenwood Press, 2001. Pp.53-74.
1998. "Between State and Society, Between Professionalism and Politics: the Shanghai Bar Association in Republican China, 1912-1937," Twentieth-Century China (University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies), Vol.24, No.1 (November 1998):1-29.
1997. "The Dilemma of Accommodation: Reconciling Christianity and Chinese Culture in the 1920s," The Historian (Journal of Phi Alpha Theta, National Honor Society), Vol.60, No.1 (Fall 1997):21-38.
1997. "National Essence vs. Science: Chinese Native Physicians' Fight for Legitimacy, 1912-1937," Modern Asian Studies (Cambridge University Press), Vol.31, Part 4 (Oct. 1997):847-878.
1997. "The Fate of Judicial Independence in Republican China, 1912-1937," China Quarterly (Oxford University Press), No. 149 (March 1997):1-28.
1996. "The Discourse on Love, Marriage, and Sexuality in Post-Mao China: A Reading of the Journalistic Literature on Women," Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (Duke University Press), Vol.4, No.2 (Fall 1996):381-414.
1990. "The Making of Chinese Communists, 1921-1935: A Biographic Study," Chinese Historians (Chinese Historians in the U.S., Inc.), Vol.4, No.1 (1990):34-63.
2014. "Guilty by Association or by Action: Defining and Punishing Chinese Collaborators in Local Society, 1937-1949," Conference on "Beyond Modernity: Understanding Change in Modern China," Columbia University, Sept. 19-20, 2014.
2014. "The Introduction of Direct Taxes and the European Model in Early Twentieth Century China," International Conference on "China and Europe," University of Rome III, March 27-28, 2014.
2013. "Chinese Judiciary under the Japanese Occupation: Criminal and Civil Justice in Jiangsu, 1938-1945," American Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, January 3-5, 2013.
2010. “Law and Courts as Negotiating Tools: Marriage and Divorce in Republican China, 1919-1949,” Workshop on “Law and ‘Modernization’ in Comparative Global Perspectives,” Humboldt University, Berlin, October 29-30, 2010.
2010. “Translatability, National Language, and Cultural Capital: Chinese Debates on Translation in the 1920s,” International Conference on “The Power of Information in Shaping Chinese Modernity,” University of London Royal Holloway, September 1-3, 2010.
2010. “A Newspaper Supplement and the Intellectual Landscape of China’s New Culture Era: the Chenbao Fukan, 1918-1928.” International Society for Cultural History Conference, “Cultural History: Close Readings and Critical Syntheses,” University of Turku, Finland, May 26-30, 2010.
2009. “Social Agenda and Personal Tastes: Editorial Policies of the Chenbao Fukan, 1918-1928,” International Conference on “Republican Era Newspapers: The Journalistic and the Literary,” Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California-Berkeley, April 17-18, 2009.
2008. “Mapping the Chinese Nation in Multiple Perspectives: Travelogues in Chenbao Fujuan, 1921-1926,” Biennial Conference of Historical Society for Twentieth-Century China, “Chinese Identities: Local, Regional, National, and International.” Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2008.
2007. “Urban Culture and Urban Profession: The Emergence of Chinese Spoken Drama in the 1920s-1930s,” International Conference on “The City and Chinese Modernity,” Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, June 2007.
2005. “The Rule of Law without Due Process: Punishing Robbers and Bandits in Early-Twentieth-Century China,” the American Society for Legal History Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, November 2005.
2005. “Judicial Professionalization in China: In Light of the Republican Experience,” International Conference on “Professions and Professionalism in China,” Harvard Law School, January 2005.
2004. “Negotiating Western Models and Chinese Practices: Judicial Reform in the Late Qing New Policy, 1901-1911,” International Conference on “As China Meets the World,” University of Vienna, Austria, May 2004.
2002. “Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Transnational Networks: The Chenbao Fujuan of the 1920s,” International Conference on “Transnational Dimensions of the Chinese Press, 1850-1949,” University of Oregon, October 2002.
2002. “Reflections on Professions and Professionalization in Republican and Post-Mao China,” Workshop on “Professions in Asia,” Asia Center, Harvard University, March 2002.
2001. "Negotiating the System: A Study of County Prison Officers in Republican Jiangsu," Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 2001.
2000. "Prison Reform in Early-Twentieth-Century China, 1901-1937," Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, San Diego, March 2000.
1999. "From Occupation to Profession: the Emergence of A Social Type in Early-Twentieth-Century China," the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 8-10, 1999.
1998. “Sexualized Media, Mediated Sexuality, and Female Agency: the ‘Women’ World’ Column in the Xinmin Evening News,” Historical Society for Twentieth Century China Biennial Conference, “Society and Culture in China,” October 1998.
1997. "The Politics of Discourse on Universality: Christianity, Western Medicine, and Human Rights in Twentieth-Century China," the International Symposium on Social-Economic Transition and Cultural Reconstruction in China, Statesboro, Georgia, May 2-4, 1997.
1995. “The Fate of Judicial Independence in Republican China, 1912-1937,” the American Historical Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, January 1995.
1994. "To Be Professional or To Be Political: the Shanghai Bar Association in Republican China, 1912-1937," the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago, March 1994.
2010-- Associate Professor of History, Christopher Newport University, VA
2009-2010 Reader in Chinese History, Durham University, the United Kingdom
2004-2009 Associate Professor of History, Christopher Newport University, VA
1999-2004 Associate Professor of History, Francis Marion University, SC
1993-1999 Assistant Professor of History, Francis Marion University, SC
1993 Spring Visiting Instructor of History, SUNY-College at Geneseo, NY
Courses Taught at CNU
ULLC 100: China and the West: Cultural Encounters in Globalization
Hist.111: World History to 1600
Hist.112: World History since 1600
Hist.205: Rice Fields, Imperial Palaces, and the Great Wall: Historical Landscapes of China
Hist.276: Study-in-China summer course
Hist.344: Self, Family, and Society in Chinese Tradition
Hist.360: History of Traditional East Asia
Hist.367: Modern Chinese History
Hist.368: Modern Japanese History
Hist.390W: History Methods and Historiography
Hist.405: Law and Justice in Chinese History
Hist.466/566: Society and Culture in Chinese History
Hist.469: The United States and East Asia
Hist.490: Senior Seminar
Honors 315: History and Memory: The Boxer Uprising
Hist. 530: The World Historian as Teacher
Service at CNU
2011-15 Serving on University Assessment and Evaluation Committee
2012-15 Serving on Undergraduate Degree Committee
2012-13 Served on Dean William Parks Colloquium Committee (Chair)
2012-13 Served on College of Arts and Humanities Curriculum Committee (Chair)
2011-12 Served on Liberal Learning Council
2011-12 Served on the MCLL Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Chinese
2010-11 Served on Asian Studies Task Force
2010-11 Served on the MCLL Search Committee for Assistant Professor of Chinese
2010-11 Served on a DRC of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department
2010-11 Participated in a round table at the Faculty Conference in Getting Started Week
2010-11 Proposed a 300 level course for the Honors Program
2010-11 Served as adviser to history majors
2008-09 Served on Faculty Senate
2008-09 Served on Undergraduate Degree Committee
2008-09 Served on Undergraduate and Graduate Research Council
2007-08 Served on Academic Advising Committee
2005-07 Served on Honors Council
2008 Drafted a part of the program review for the History Department (on curriculum)
2008 Reviewed proposals for Honors Summer Research Stipends
2008 Moderated a panel for the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference held at CNU
2005-08 Organized and led two Study-in-China programs
2005-07 Solicited donations to re-establish Carol Fang Scholarship & administered it
2005-07 Supported curriculum change by developing courses for the Liberal Learning Core
2005-09 Served as faculty adviser for the Asian Culture Club
2005-13 Served as adviser to history majors
2005-07 Served on the History Department search committees
2005-08 Served on peer review committees in and outside the History Department
2004-08 Made presentations at Faculty Conferences in Getting Started Week each year
2005-12 Delivered guest-lectures in Communication Studies, Music, MCLL, English, & Honors Program.
2004-14 Participated in university- and department-sponsored activities serving students, such as Open House, Setting Sails, Family Weekend, Honors Visit Day, Honors Celebration, Admitted Freshmen Day, Signing Day, Phil Alpha Theta Initiation, History Graduation Day, Honors Convocation, Commencement, and others; and served as photographer for Honors Celebrations.
2013 Faculty Development Grant, CNU
2005-07 Dean's Office Summer Research Grants, CNU
2002 Vangermeersch Manuscript Award, the Academy of Accounting Historians
2000 University Award for Excellence in Scholarship, FMU
1998-99 National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
1997 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Grant
1995 Francis Marion University Foundation Research Grant
1992-93 Wellington Koo Fellowship, Columbia University
1990-92 President's Fellowship, Columbia University