Research interests: history of the last Qing dynasty; the Manchu and the construction of ethnicity as a comparative historical problem in the context of other conquest dynasties (Liao, Jin, Yuan), relations between China and Inner Asia, the history of the frontier, the Silk Road, early modern cartography, and gender and women's history
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
He Bian will be writing her dissertation, "Singular Natures: Pharmacology and Society in China, 1600-1800." She uses Ming-Qing materia medica books, local gazetteers and early pharmacy inventory lists to examine how new trends in natural philosophical inquiry are entangled with commodification of pharmaceuticals during the late imperial period. Her faculty advisor is Professor Shigehisa Kuriyama.
Research interests: Song manuscript culture; imperial Song management of China’s cultural legacy; auspicious visuality in China; "Bird-and-Flower Painting in Song China: An Aesthetic of Information and its Visual Outcomes"
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
Lydia Chen is executive director of the Fairbank Center and of the Harvard China Fund. She received her master's degrees in Asian studies and journalism from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been travelling to China since 1981. She lived in Beijing in the mid-1980s, working for the Foreign Languages Press and studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. In 1997-2003, she worked in Beijing at the Beijing Lufthansa Center, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, and the International School of Beijing. Read more about Lydia Chen