• Director of the Fairbank Center; Professor of Chinese History
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Michael Szonyi is Director of the Fairbank Center at Harvard University and Professor of Chinese History in Harvard’s Departments of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of History. 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 books include Everyday Politics in Late Imperial China: Soldiers and their Families in the Ming (Princeton, forthcoming); Cold War Island: Quemoy on the Front Line (Cambridge, 2008), and Practicing Kinship (Stanford, 2002). He is also the editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Chinese History.

Professor Szonyi received his B.A. from the University of Toronto and his D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has also studied at National Taiwan University and Xiamen University. Prior to coming to Harvard in 2005, he taught at McGill University and the University of Toronto. He previously served as Director of Undergraduate Studies for East Asian Studies and Chair of the Committee on Regional Studies East Asia (RSEA-M.A. program).

Research interests: local history of southeast China, especially in the Ming dynasty; the history of Chinese popular religion; overseas Chinese history.

From the Fairbank Podcast: 

宋怡明教授 (Michael A. Szonyi),现为哈佛大学东亚语言文明系中国历史学教授,费正清研究中心主任,明清及中国近代社会史学家。擅于利用历史人类学和田野调查方法研究中国东南地区的社会史,目前正致力研究明朝军户的历史。宋怡明教授早年于加拿大多伦多大学获得学士学位,其後又在英国牛津大学攻读博士。期间他先後到台湾大学以及厦门大学访学。其著作包括Practicing Kinship: Lineage and Descent in Late Imperial China (实行家族:明清家族组织研究) (2002) 与 Cold War Island: Quemoy on the Front Line (冷战岛:处于前线的金门) (2008)。

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