Xia Shi

Assistant Professor of History
Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
M.A., Peking University
A.B., Beijing Normal University

Professor Shi specializes in Chinese history. Her research so far has been attempting to investigate traditional China’s dramatic encounters with the modern world in late nineteenth to early twentieth century, analyzing the subsequent social and cultural changes, reconfigurations, and continuities that a variety of Chinese individuals and groups experienced during this process, especially from the perspectives of gender, religion, and public life. Her current teaching fields include Chinese history (from ancient time to contemporary period), East Asian civilization, women and gender in China, and modern world history.

Recent Courses
Chinese History to 1800
Chinese History Since 1800
Women and Gender in China
East Asian Civilization
The World Since 1870
Historical Methods

Selected Publications
“Stepping Into The Public World: Cases of Guixiu Organizing for Philanthropy in Late Qing China,” Frontiers of History in China, (forthcoming, June 2014).

“Wei Cheng: From an Elite Novel to a Popular Metaphor.” In China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, edited by Kate Merkel-Hess, Kenneth Pomeranz and Jeffrey N Wasserstrom, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2009, pp. 248-251.

“Terracotta Ambassadors, the First Emperor, and the ‘Cursed’ Farmers,” The China Beat Blog, August 3, 2008.

Contact Information

New College of Florida
Division of Social Sciences
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243-2197


Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201