The interactions between groups of people are the essential blocks on which societies are built and provide a window into the human condition, allowing us to understand the world. This is what the Fairbank Center strives for in its support of sociological scholars and scholarship. Throughout the year the Center holds events and screenings dedicated to exploring these issues.
Professor of Anthropology
Susan Greenhalgh is Professor of Anthropology and John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Professor of Chinese Society at Harvard University. Before moving to Harvard, she was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine and, before that, Senior ResearchRead More
Lecturer on Government; Lecturer on East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Nara Dillon received her B.A. in history from Williams College and her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2003 to 2007 she taught Chinese politics and comparative politics as an Assistant Professor at Bard College.Read More
Lecturer on Social Studies
Dr. Newendorp received a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Columbia University, an M.A. from Harvard University’s Regional Studies-East Asia Program, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University’s Department of Anthropology.Read More
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ya-wen Lei is Assistant Professor of Sociology, having previously been a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. Professor Lei grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, graduating from her undergraduate studies at the National Taiwan University.Read More
Martin K. Whyte
John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Sociology, Emeritus, former Director of the Fairbank Center
Professor Whyte’s primary research and teaching specialties are comparative sociology, sociology of the family, sociology of development, the sociological study of contemporary China, and the study of post-communist transitions.Read More
Land of Many Palaces Screening
The Fairbank Center recently screened a film by Adam Smith and Song Ting, which examined the relocation of thousands of farmers the country to the city. The film screening was followed by a discussion with directors Adam Smith and Song Ting. This event was co-sponsored with the Committee on Inner Asian and Altaic Studies.