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).
Research interests: Chinese law and legal history; legal aspects of international trade and technology transfer; the legal profession; human rights in East Asia; transnational lawyering, U.S.-China relations
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
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.