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Michael  Szonyi (宋怡明)

Michael Szonyi (宋怡明)

Director
Professor of Chinese History

Michael Szonyi is Director of the Fairbank Center at Harvard University and Professor of Chinese History in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.  His research uses a combination of traditional textual study and contemporary fieldwork to explore the local history of southeast China from the Ming dynasty to the twentieth century. His previous books include Practicing Kinship (Stanford, 2002) and Cold War Island: Quemoy on the Front Line (Cambridge, 2008). 

Barry Bloom

Barry Bloom

Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

Research interests: infectious diseases, vaccines,global health; the immune response to tuberculosis, a disease that claims more than two million lives each year.

Peter K. Bol (包弼德)

Peter K. Bol (包弼德)

Vice Provost for Advances in Learning
Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Research interests: history of China’s cultural elites from the Tang, Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties; geospatial analysis in teaching and research; China Biographical Database project; Center for Geographic Analysis; China Historical Geographic Information Systems project

Katherine  Brunson

Katherine Brunson

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. 2015, University of California, Los Angeles, Anthropology

Katherine Brunson received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 2015. In her dissertation, "Craft Specialization and Animal Products at the Longshan Period Sites of Taosi and Zhoujiazhuang, Shanxi Province, China," she compares the zooarchaeological records at two important Chinese archaeological sites and examines how domestic sheep and cattle were introduced to China ca. 2000 BCE. She will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year at Harvard University as an An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Her research will focus on methods for differentiating between Chinese domestic cattle and wild aurochs using skeletal morphology, bone stable isotopes, and ancient DNA. Additional ongoing projects include database design and data collection for the Oracle Bone Project on Open Context (with Zhipeng Li at the Institute of Archaeology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (IA CASS) and Rowan Flad in the Harvard University Department of Anthropology) and fieldwork for the multi-year Instituto Hondureño Antropología e Historia (IHAH) and IA CASS project at the Maya site of Copan, Honduras.

Julia Cai

Julia Cai

Program Manager, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Manager, Programs and Administration, Harvard China Fund

Julia Cai manages the Harvard China Fund's student programs, faculty grants and other departmental initiatives, as well as student funding and Associates in Research for the Fairbank Center.

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