History

From its very beginnings and founding by John King Fairbank, one of the most influential China scholars and historians of China of the twentieth century, the Fairbank Center has been deeply involved with and devoted to China’s history. In fact, more than half of the Fairbank Center’s directors have been historians of China. As such, the Center has a proud legacy of groundbreaking research into all facets of China’s history. This legacy is carried on in a plethora of events the Center holds throughout the year as well as some of the Center’s annual lecture series, including its Modern China Lecture Series

Expertise

Michael Puett
Michael Puett

Michael Puett

Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History; Harvard College Professor

Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Chair of the Committee on the Study of Religion. He is also a non-resident long-term fellow for programs in anthropological and historical sciences and the languages and civilizationsRead More

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Peter Boi
Peter Boi

Peter K. Bol

Vice Provost for Advances in Learning; Charles H Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

As Vice Provost, Peter K. Bol is responsible for HarvardX, the Harvard Initiative in Learning and Teaching, and research on the science of learning. Together with William Kirby, Bol teaches ChinaX (SW12x), a Harvard course that has a global enrollmentRead More

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roderick macfarquhar
roderick macfarquhar

Roderick MacFarquhar

Leroy B. Williams Research Professor of History and Political Science, Emeritus, former Director of the Fairbank Center

Roderick MacFarquhar is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science and formerly Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research.

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William Kirby
William Kirby

William C. Kirby

T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies; Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration; Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor; Director of the Harvard China Fund; former Director of the Fairbank Center

William C. Kirby is Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School and T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University. He is a University Distinguished Service Professor.

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Erez Manela

Professor of History

Erez Manela (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world.

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arunabh ghosh
arunabh ghosh

Arunabh Ghosh

Assistant Professor of History

Arunabh Ghosh is a historian of modern China, with research and teaching interests that span the social, economic, and intellectual histories of twentieth century China, transnational histories of science and statecraft, and Sino-Indian history.

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shigahisa kuriyama
shigahisa kuriyama

Shigehisa Kuriyama

Reischauer Institute Professor of Cultural History

Professor Kuriyama's research explores broad philosophical issues (being and time, representations and reality, knowing and feeling) through the lens of specific topics in comparative medical history (Japan, China, and Europe).

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Michael A. Szonyi
Michael A. Szonyi

Michael A. Szonyi

Director of the Fairbank Center; Professor of Chinese History

Michael Szonyi is Director of the Fairbank Center at Harvard University and Professor of Chinese History in Harvard’s Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Department of History.

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merie goldman
merie goldman

Merle Goldman

Professor of History Emerita, Boston University

Merle Goldman is the author of a number of books on modern Chinese history and culture. Her last two books, China’s Intellectuals: Advise and Dissent (1981) and Sowing the Seeds of Democracy in China (1994), were selected by the NewRead More

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Research Projects

Harvard Yenching Library New Holdings in Manchukuo History: Needs and Opportunities, Workshop

The Harvard-Yenching Library, with support from the Fairbank Center, convened a half-day workshop on in the spring of 2016 to introduce the newly-acquired Manchukuo Collection. Consisting of over 2,000 items including books and ephemera such as diaries, music scores, photoalbums, propaganda posters, board games, scrapbooks, magazines, and tourism brochures, the Manchukuo Collection contributes to the Harvard-Yenching Library existing collection in Chinese and Japanese materials from the 20th century, providing a strong foundation to the growing field of Manchurian studies.

Modern China Lecture Series

The Center’s Modern China Lecture Series, headed by Professor Arunabh Ghosh of the History Department, explores the fascinating and ever more relevant history of the People’s Republic of China. Last year, the lecture series hosted a variety of prominent scholars of Modern China, who spoke on topics ranging from the role of women’s labor, accumulation, and the program of socialist austerity that existed in China’s collective era to a framing of Chinese consumerism during this same period.

Latest News

A Fairbank Guide to AAS in Toronto

With the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in Toronto just around the corner, the Fairbank Center has a handy guide for how to decide which of the myriad of panels you could attend. Below, we take a look at our faculty, associates, graduate students and...

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