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Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
M.A., Peking University
B.A., Beijing Normal University
Professor Shi specializes in Chinese history. Broadly speaking, her research so far has been focusing on investigating traditional China’s dramatic encounters with the modern world from late nineteenth to early twentieth century, analyzing the subsequent social and cultural changes, reconfigurations, continuities and ruptures that a variety of Chinese individuals and groups experienced during this process. Specifically, her current research interests include the history of late Qing and Republican China; women and gender; history of religion and “superstition;” history of charity and philanthropy; disaster responses.
She is currently working on a book tentatively titled At Home in the World: Women and Charity in China, 1870s-1930s. It examines how some non-career married women moved out of domestic seclusion and became active and effective actors through charitable and religious activities in the newly opened public world during a crucial transitional period of Chinese history. It highlights the significance of religious and charitable activities as forms of social, civic, and political engagement, socializing, and networking for Chinese women. The legacy of their pasts facilitated women’s adaptation to the new public world in significant ways; It demonstrates how reconfigured traditions became essential components of modernity in the development of modern Chinese gender roles.
Chinese History to 1800
Chinese History Since 1800
Women and Gender in China
East Asian Civilization
The World Since 1870
Selected Honors and Awards
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-16
At Home in the World: Women and Charity in China, 1870s-1930s (Under review by Columbia University Press)
“Stepping into the Public World: Cases of Guixiu Philanthropic Activities in Late Qing China,” Frontiers of History in China, 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, 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.