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 has so far focused on investigating traditional China’s encounters with the modern world around late nineteenth to the first half of twentieth century, analyzing the subsequent social, cultural, and political 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 disaster response and relief.  Her research has been supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, and National Endownment for the Humanities, among others.

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

Select Publications


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


“Spirit-Writing and Daoyuan’s Gendered Teachings” (forthcoming in a conference volume on “Spirit-Writing in Chinese History”).

“Warlords’ Rainmaking: Religion, Science, and Legitimating Governance in Early Republican China,” Frontiers of History in China 15, no. 4 (December 2020): 520-51.

“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 9, no. 2 (June 2014): 247-79.