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 普鸣

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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arunabh ghosh
arunabh ghosh

Arunabh Ghosh 郭旭光

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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Hue Tam Ho Tai
Hue Tam Ho Tai

Hue-Tam Ho Tai 谭可泰

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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Odd Arne Westad
Odd Arne Westad

Odd Arne Westad 文安立

S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations

Odd Arne Westad is the S.T. Lee Professor of U.S.-Asia Relations at Harvard University, where he teaches at the Kennedy School of Government. He is an expert on contemporary international history and on the eastern Asian region.

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Ezra Vogel
Ezra Vogel

Ezra F. Vogel 傅高义

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 A. Cohen 柯文

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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William Kirby
William Kirby

William C. Kirby 柯偉林

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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Michael A. Szonyi
Michael A. Szonyi

Michael A. Szonyi 宋怡明

Director of the Fairbank Center; Professor of Chinese History

Michael Szonyi is Director of the Fairbank Center at Harvard University and Frank Wen-Hsiung Wu Memorial 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 戈德曼

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.

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Fall 2018 Courses on China

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...

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Summer Reading List 2018

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...

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