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 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

Hue Tam Ho Tai
Hue Tam Ho Tai

Hue-Tam Ho Tai

Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History

Hue-Tam Ho Tai is Kenneth T. Young Professor of Sino-Vietnamese History at Harvard University. Focusing on the social and cultural history of modern Vietnam, she is the author of Passion, Betrayal, and Revolution in Colonial Saigon: The Memoirs of BaoRead More

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Rudolf Wagner
Rudolf Wagner

Rudolf Wagner

Senior Professor, University of Heidelberg

Research interests: Chinese religions and philosophical thought

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Ezra Vogel
Ezra Vogel

Ezra F. Vogel

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, former Director of the Fairbank Center

Professor Vogel succeeded John Fairbank as second Director (1972-1977) of Harvard's East Asian Research Center (now the Fairbank Center) and second Chairman of the Council for East Asian Studies (1977-1980).

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Paul Cohen
Paul Cohen

Paul Cohen

Professor of History Emeritus, Wellesley College

Paul Cohen retired from Wellesley College in 2000 after teaching Chinese history for 35 years. He has been affiliated with the Fairbank Center since 1965, and he continues to research and write in the field of Chinese history, focusing mainlyRead More

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Mark Elliot
Mark Elliot

Mark C. Elliott

Vice Provost for International Affairs; Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History; former Director of the Fairbank Center

Mark C. Elliott is the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Department of History at Harvard University.

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William Alford
William Alford

William Alford

Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law; Director, East Asian Legal Studies Program

William P. Alford is a scholar of Chinese law and legal history. His books include To Steal a Book is an Elegant Offense: Intellectual Property Law in Chinese Civilization (Stanford University Press 1995)

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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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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.

Upcoming Events

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Liberalism, Globalization, Populism and Nationalism in the World Today

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Sacred Nation: Chinese Museums and the Legacy of Empire

February 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Publications

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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Spring 2017 Courses on China

COURSES PRIMARILY FOR UNDERGRADUATES BusinessSOCWORLD 49: The Worlds of Business in Modern ChinaWilliam KirbyChina was home to the world's largest economy two centuries ago. Within two decades it will be the world's largest economy again. This course uses...

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