Jennifer Rudolph, Executive Director of Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Executive Director of the Harvard China Fund, received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Washington and A.B. from the University of Chicago. Before joining Harvard, she was Associate Professor of Asian History and International Studies and Co-Director of the China Hub at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). There, with US Department of Education funding, she worked to internationalize the curriculum on and off campus by building a China program aimed at STEM students. She is currently writing a book of China case studies for engineering courses that has grown out of that effort. In addition, she is a founding member of the Urban China Research Network and served for six years on its International Advisory Board.
Her research interests include Chinese history, urban history, and identity formation in modern China and Taiwan. Her first book, Negotiated Power in Late Imperial China: The Zongli Yamen and the Politics of Reform (Cornell East Asia Series, 2008), explores the bureaucratic functioning behind late Qing rule that allowed for dynamic responses to critical challenges of the late 19th century. Her current monograph project, titled Claiming Taiwan, explores the cross-boundary re-interpretations and manipulations of the rhetoric surrounding Zheng Chenggong and how they are used to construct national and local identity by the various parties and regimes that have aimed to rule the island from the 17th century to the present.