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

Assistant Professor of History
Marian Hoppin Chair of Asian Studies

Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
M.A., Peking University
B.A., Beijing Normal University

(On research leave, fall 2015 and spring 2016)

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.

Recent Courses
Chinese History to 1800
Chinese History Since 1800
Women and Gender in China
East Asian Civilization
The World Since 1870
Republican 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

Reconfiguring Traditions: Gender, Philanthropy, and Public Life in Early Twentieth-Century China (Manuscript in Progress)

“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.