Jeffrey Wasserstrom

Chancellor's Professor, History
School of Humanities

Professor (by Courtesy)
School of Law

Historical Writing Mentor, Literary Journalism
School of Humanities

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1989, History

M.A., Harvard University, 1984, East Asian Studies

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1982, History

Phone: 949.824.6521
Fax: 949.824.2865

University of California, Irvine
300H Murray Krieger Hall
Mail Code: 3275
Irvine, CA 92697

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China, Protest, Globaliization, Gender, Urban
URLs The Huffington Post
Los Angeles Review of Books' CHINA BLOG
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, 2014-2015 Academic Year
Visiting Research Fellow, Merton College, Oxford, June-July 2014
Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advance Study, University of Warwick
Fulbright-Hays Fellowship;
Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellowship (Charlotte B. Newcombe award);
NEH Collaborative Project Fellowship;
Spencer Foundation Fellowships (National Academy of Education Post-Doc, small grants, etc.);
Luce Foundation Support;
ACLS Award
I am a specialist in modern Chinese history with a strong interest in connecting China's past to its present and placing both into global perspective. Both my first book, Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (Stanford, 1991), and one of my recent ones, Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2009), have focused on China's largest metropolis. Many of my other publications, including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (which will soon be out in a third edition, co-authored with Maura Cunningham) and Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin, 2016), a very short book, were written not just with specialists but also with general educated readers and anyone curious about Chinese history in mind.

My commitment to reaching out beyond the Ivory Tower shows through as well in other aspects of my career, including my past involvement in the Irvine-based group blog/electronic magazine, "The China Beat" and my role in co-founding and helping organize event put on by UCI's Forum for the Academy and the Public. It also has led me to edit accessible books, such as Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China (Oxford, 2016), and work with filmmakers, such as the Long Bow Group (I was an adviser on two of their prize-winning China films).

I have contributed to many academic periodicals, including the China Quarterly, the Journal of World History, the Journal of Global History, and History Workshop Journal, but I have also written commentaries and reviews for general interest magazines (e.g., Time, The Nation, and the TLS), newspapers (Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times), and many online publications, including the Huffington Post. I've been interviewed by NPR, PRI and other broadcast media. And last but by no means least, I am Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, the flagship publication of the Association for Asian Studies, and am an advising editor for of the Los Angeles Review of Books.

I was educated largely in California (UCSC B.A., Berkeley PhD, with a Master's from Harvard in between) and moved back here to join UCI's History Department in 2006. Before that, I spent two years teaching at the University of Kentucky and fifteen years at Indiana University in Bloomington, where in addition to offering courses I spent a year as the Acting Editor of the Bloomington-based American Historical Review and served for three years as the Director of IU’s East Asian Studies Center.
Publications The Oxford Illustrated History of Modern China (Oxford University Press, 2016);
  Eight Juxtapositions: China through Imperfect Analogies from Mark Twain to Manchukuo (Penguin, 2016)
  China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010 and also a 2013 update editions, with contributions by Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, out in Turkish, Korean and Chinese complex character translations, with an Indonesian edition forthcoming)
  Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, co-edited with Angilee Shah (University of California Press, 2012)
  Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2009)
  China's Brave New World--And Other Tales for Global Times. (Indiana University Press, 2007).
  Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (Stanford University Press, 1991);

Popular Protest and Political Culture in Modern China, co-editor (Westview Press, 1992 and 1994 second edition);

Human Rights and Revolutions, co-editor (Rowman and Littlefield, 2000 and 2007 second edition);

The 20th Century: A Retrospective, co-author (Westview Press, 2000);
Chinese Femininities/Chinese Masculinities: A Reader, co-editor (University of California Press, 2002);

Twentieth-Century China: New Approaches, editor (Routledge, 2003);
American Historical Association
Association for Asian Studies
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