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 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 怀默霆
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
Assistant Professor of Government
Xiang Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on quantitative methodology, social stratification and mobility, and contemporary Chinese society. He has published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, SocialRead 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.
FRESHMEN SEMINAR FRSEMR 70L: Ancient East Asia: Contested Archaeologies of China, Korea and Japan Rowan Flad How is our understanding of the past determined or framed by the concerns of the present? This course considers this problem with a focus on East Asia. In the...read more
New from Harvard University Asia Center Press: Legal Lessons: Popularizing Laws in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1989, by Jennifer Altehenger The popularization of basic legal knowledge is an important and contested technique of state governance in China...read more