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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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"