Academic interests

Chinese History, Asian History, and World History


  • Century Fellow (University of Chicago, 1986-1990)
  • American Council of Learned Societies Grant (1997)
  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Publication Grant (1998)
  • Pacific Cultural Foundation Publication Grant (1998)
  • Center on Philanthropy Research Grant (1999-2000) and numerous research grants from Indiana University (2001-2006).


Social Transformation in Modern China: The State and Local Elites in Henen, 1900-1937 (Cambridge University Press 2000);

Ershi shiji zhongguo shehui zhi yanbian 二十世纪中国社会之演变 (Beijing: Zhonghua shuju 中华书局 2004); and numerous articles in journals.


  • Panel discussant and paper presenter, Association for Asian Studies National Conference, frequent;
  • Panel discussant and paper presenter, American Historical Association National Conference, frequent; Organizer, Midwest Summit on China Studies (attended by most scholars working on China in the Midwest region), 2003;
  • Speaker, The First World Forum on China Studies, The People’s Republic of China, 2004;
  • Speaker, Modern China Seminar, Columbia University, 2005;
  • Speaker, Modern China Seminar, University of California at Berkeley, 2006