Xia Shi

Assistant Professor of History; Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies - Gender Studies - History - Interdisciplinary Programs - 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 traumatic 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 religion and “superstition,” history of charity and philanthropy, and environmental disasters responses.

She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled At Home in the World: Women and Charity in China, 1870s-1930s. It examines how some married, nonprofessional Chinese women without modern educations — women assumed to be the opposite of the progressive, independent “New Woman” — 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. It demonstrates how the legacy of their pasts facilitated women’s adaptation to the new public world in significant ways and therefore emphasizes how reconfigured traditions became essential components of modernity in the development of modern Chinese gender roles.

Recent Courses

Chinese History to 1800
Chinese History Since 1800
East Asian Civilization
The World Since 1870
Women and Gender in China
Republican China (1912-49)
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

Books
At Home in the World: Women and Charity in China, 1870s-1930s (Under review by Columbia University Press)

Articles
“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.