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Nara Dillon

Nara Dillon

Lecturer, Department of Government

Research interests: the development of the Maoist welfare state from the 1940s to the 1960s, focusing on programs for workers and unemployed urbanites.

Yue (Iza) Ding

Yue (Iza) Ding

PhD Candidate, Government

Iza Ding will be writing her dissertation, “Environmental Governance in Chinese Cities: the Mobilization of Consent and Authoritarian Resilience.”   This project examines varying local environmental enforcement practices and their economic and institutional determinants.  She will be conducting survey research and field work in Beijing, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.  

Maura Dykstra

Maura Dykstra

An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., 2014, University of California, Los Angeles, History
Maura Dykstra will revise her dissertation “Complicated Matters: Commercial Dispute Resolution in Chongqing, 1750-1911” for publication. This project examines the history of shifting mediation strategies employed by merchants litigating commercial disputes in the commercial center of Chongqing. It offers new perspectives on the incorporation of Sichuan into the Qing Empire in the eighteenth century, local state-building in the nineteenth century, and the central legal reforms of the early twentieth century that laid the foundation for the governance of commerce in the modern Chinese state.  
Andrew S. Erickson  艾立信

Andrew S. Erickson 艾立信

U.S. Naval War College

Research interests: China defense and foreign policy; China maritime and aerospace technology development, history and current status; China energy, resources, and geostrategy; Sino-American relations and contemporary policy issues

Joseph  Fewsmith (傅士卓)

Joseph Fewsmith (傅士卓)

Professor of International Relations and Political Science, Boston University

Research interests:  comparative politics, Chinese domestic and international politics.

Adrienne C. Fitzgerald

Adrienne C. Fitzgerald

Staff Assistant

Adrienne Fitzgerald oversees special projects and digital media development, including web design, content marketing, and print production support. She also coordinates administrative operations and provides calendar assistance for Professor Mark C. Elliott during the 2013-14 academic year. 

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Louisa G. Fitzgerald-Huber

Independent Scholar

Research interests: Chinese archaeology; Erlitou and Shang cultures; contact between China and Eurasian steppe populations ca 2000 B.C.E; visual syntax in Neolithic painted pottery designs and Shang bronze decor

Rowan Flad (傅羅文)

Rowan Flad (傅羅文)

Professor of Anthropology

Research interests:  emergence and development of complex society in the late Neolithic period and the Bronze Age in China; diachronic change in production processes;  intersection between ritual activity and production; the role of animals in early Chinese society - particularly their use in sacrifice and divination; and processes involved in social change in general.

Mark Fung

Mark Fung

Independent Scholar

Research interests: elite politics; leadership transitions in China; and China's financial system

Blaine Gaustad

Independent Scholar

Research interests: Qing dynasty popular religious sects; state and religion; White Lotus sects; White Lotus uprising; Chinese biographical database; "Prophets and Pretenders: Religious Sects and the State in Mid-Qing China"

Pat Giersch

Pat Giersch

Wellesley College

Research interests: business and economic history of the Southwest Borderlands (Yunnan, Kham, Burma); "China's Frontiers: A General History, Qing to Present"

Merle Goldman (戈德曼)

Merle Goldman (戈德曼)

Professor of History Emerita, Boston University

Research interests: modern Chinese history, including political reform and the struggle for political rights in reform era China; history of Chinese intellectuals and literary dissent.