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Professor of History, Department Head
Research Interests: Early Modern and Modern Chinese political culture and history. Current projects include a study of 16th century intellectual culture focusing on Wang Shizhen (1526-90) and his contemporaries, and an article on Confucian theory and practice in early 21st century China.
Pepper Mountain: The Life, Death and Posthumous Career of Yang Jisheng, 1516-1555. London, Kegan Paul, 2007.
The Human Tradition in Modern China. Edited with Kristen Stapleton. Boulder, Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.
“Urban Gardens in Ming Jiangnan: Insights from the Essays of Wang Shizhen.” In Michel Conan and Chen Wangheng, eds., Gardens, City Life and Culture. Harvard University Press, 2008.