Daniel Barish

Daniel Barish
Assistant Professor of History
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Spring 2022 Office Hours

Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00; Wednesdays, 10:00-12:00; and by appointment.


Late Imperial China, Modern China, Modern Japan

  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2017
  • M.A., Columbia University, 2011
  • B.A. (summa cum laude), Emory University, 2007
Academic Interests and Research

My research focuses on the cultural, political, and intellectual world of the nineteenth century and the transition from empire to nation in China.

My first book, Learning to Rule: Court Education and the Remaking of the Qing State, 1861-1912, is forthcoming with Columbia University Press. The book (which has also been selected as a study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute) explores debates surrounding the education of the final three Qing emperors as imperial curricula became proxy battles for divergent visions of how to best re-stabilize the country after years of domestic rebellion and imperialist aggression.

I am currently in early stages of research for two new projects:

The first, Empire’s Last Servants: The 1904 Class of Civil Examination Candidates and Networks of Knowledge in Modern China, examines the social production of knowledge across the 1911 revolutionary divide in China. The project seeks to understand not just the transformation of an elite group of exam candidates, but also the ways in which they and others worked to translate their knowledge to the new mass audience of citizen consumers in the late Qing and early Republic.

The second project, The Imperial Politics of Life and Death in Modern China, explores changes to a variety of life-cycle rituals of the Qing imperial family over the course of the nineteenth century. As the Qing transitioned from a multi-ethnic empire to a constitutional monarchy and sovereign member of the global community, the book seeks to uncover the changing meaning of imperial rituals and their relationship with elements of social, economic, and political life in the capital.

Selected Publications
  • “Empress Dowager Cixi’s Imperial Pedagogy: The School for Female Nobles and New Visions of  Authority in Early Twentieth Century China,” Nan Nu: Men, Women, and Gender in China, Volume 20, Issue 2 (January 2019): 256-284.
  • “Han Chinese, Manchu, and Western Spaces: The Changing Facade of Imperial Education in Qing Beijing,” Frontiers of History in China, Volume  14, Issue 2 (July 2019): 212-242.
  • “Puyi: The Last Emperor of China,” All About History, Issue 76 (March 2019): 48-54.
Selected Professional Awards/Activities/Grants and/or Fellowships
  • University of Michigan Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan Asia Library, Research Grant, 2020
  • Stanford University Center for East Asian Studies/U.S. Department of Education International and Foreign Language Education Office, Research Grant, 2019-2020
  • University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies, Research Grant, 2019
  • Baylor University Summer Faculty Institute Fellowship, 2019
  • Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences Summer Sabbatical, 2018
  • Fulbright IIE Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2014-2015
  • Princeton University Institute for International and Regional Studies Research Grant, 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 3305: Traditional China 
  • HIS/AST 3307: History of Japan
  • CHI 3V70: Readings in Chinese
  • HON 3101: Advanced Readings and Research
  • HON 4V87: Honors Thesis
  • HIS/AST 4305: Modern China
  • HIS 4358: Seminar in Global History, The Late Qing
  • HIS 4358: Seminar in Global History, Early China
  • HIS 5393: Major Issues in Modern Chinese History (Graduate Seminar)
  • HIS 5393: Graduate Readings in Chinese History