Xia Shi

Associate Professor of History and International and Area Studies; Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies - Gender Studies - History - Interdisciplinary Programs - International and Area Studies - Social Sciences

Xia Shi
  • Phone: (941) 487-4337
  • Email: xshi@ncf.edu
  • Office Location: ACE 135
  • Mail Location: SSC 102

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 focused on investigating traditional China’s encounters with the modern world around late nineteenth to early twentieth century, analyzing the subsequent social and cultural reconfigurations, ruptures, and continuities 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 religions and “superstition,” history of charity and philanthropy, and environmental disasters responses and relief.

Recent Courses

Chinese History to 1800
Chinese History Since 1800
East Asian Civilization
The World Since 1870: Topics and Themes in Modern World History
Women and Gender in China
The Age of Openness: China Before Mao (1912-49)
Environmental History of China
Historical Methods

Selected Honors and Awards

Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS (American Council of Learned Societies) Program in China Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2015-16

Selected Publications

At Home in the World: Women and Charity in Late Qing and Early Republican China (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Peer-Reviewed Articles
“Just Like a ‘Modern’ Wife? Concubines on the Public Stage in Early Republican China,” Social History 43, No. 2 (February 2018): 211-33.
“Stepping into the Public World: Cases of Guixiu Philanthropic Activities in Late Qing China,” Frontiers of History in China, No. 2 (June 2014): 247-79.

Book Chapters and Others
“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), August 3, 2008.