M/W 10:00-11:00 and T/TH 3:00-5:00, or by appointment.
Late Imperial China, Modern China, Modern Japan
I am broadly interested in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in East Asia and the tumultuous period of transition from empire to nation in China. My current research examines attempts to revive the fortunes of Qing imperial rule in the second half of the nineteenth century. A manuscript under preparation explores how a coalition led by empress dowagers, princes, and scholar-officials worked to redefine the Emperorship, re-negotiating the bounds of political participation and re-conceptualizing the relationship between the imperial family and people around the country. In the project I demonstrate how the education of young emperors emerged as the heart of these efforts and the ways in which contentious curricular disputes in fact helped to preserve the empire for fifty years after collapse seemed imminent.