Daniel Barish

Assistant Professor of History
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Office Hours

W 2:00-4:00,  R 3:30-4:30, and by appointment.


Late Imperial China, Modern China, Modern Japan

  • PhD, Princeton University, 2017
  • MA, Columbia University, 2011
  • BA, Emory University, 2007
Academic Interests and Research

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. 

Selected Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and/or Fellowships
  • Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences Summer Sabbatical, 2017
  • Fulbright IIE Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • Princeton University Institute for International and Regional Studies Research Grant, 2013-2014
  • Bradley Foundation Research Program Fellowship, 2013-2014
  • University of Tokyo Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia Visiting Fellow, Summer 2012
  • Adolph G. Rosengarten, Jr. ’27 Graduate Fellowship in History, Princeton University, 2011
  • Columbia University Weatherhead East Asian Institute Research Grant, Summer 2010
  • China Scholarship Council Semester Study Fellowship, Fall 2007
Courses Taught at Baylor
  • HIS 1307 World History Since 1500
  • HIS/AST 3307 History of Japan
  • HIS/AST 4305 Modern China
  • HIS 5393 Graduate Readings in Chinese History