Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Professor Shi specializes in Chinese history. Her research so far has been focusing on investigating traditional China’s dramatic encounters with the modern world from late 19th to early 20th century, analyzing the subsequent social and cultural changes, reconfigurations, continuities and discontinuities that a variety of Chinese individuals and groups experienced during this process. She is currently working on a book about the little-known stories of how some traditional Chinese women moved out of domestic seclusion and successfully repositioned themselves as active and effective actors in modern urban society through organized philanthropic and religious activities in early 20th-century China.
Selected Honors and Awards
“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, 248-51.
“Terracotta Ambassadors, the First Emperor, and the ‘Cursed’ Farmers,” The China Beat Blog (An academic blog blogging how the East is read), Aug. 3, 2008.