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
The China Beat
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 modern Chinese social and cultural historian, with a strong interest in connecting China's past to its present and placing both into comparative and global perspective. I have taught and written about subjects ranging from gender to revolution, human rights to urban change. Both my first book, Student Protests in Twentieth-Century China: The View from Shanghai (Stanford, 1991), and one of my more recent ones, Global Shanghai, 1850-2010 (Routledge, 2009), have focused on China's largest metropolis. And many of my publications, including China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know, a book I wrote for Oxford University Press in 2010 and updated in collaboration with Maura Elizabeth Cunningham in 2013, are aimed at speaking to general educated readers and anyone curious about Chinese history as well as specialists. My commitment to reaching out beyond the Ivory Tower shows through as well in other aspects of my career, such as my past involvement in the Irvine-based group blog/electronic magazine, "The China Beat"--some of the postings from which were incorporated, along with many other materials, in China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, a 2009 book that I co-edited with Kenneth Pomeranz and Kate Merkel-Hess (formerly a UCI graduate student and then post-doc and now a faculty member at Penn State), and my collaboration with other UCI historians and members of the Literary Journalism Program in the "Conversations on Writing and Public Life" series.

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. I served as one of the editors for the Oxford University Press “Pages from History” series (the goal of which was to produce high quality, document-based books for use in introductory classes) and worked as a consultant to the talented filmmakers of the Long Bow Group, whose documentary on Tiananmen, “The Gate of Heavenly Peace,” was shown on PBS, and whose documentary on the Cultural Revolution, “Morning Sun,” won a prize from the American Historical Association. In addition, during the last decade-and-a-half, I have routinely written commentaries and reviews for general interest magazines (e.g., Time and Newsweek, The Nation, and the TLS in London), newspapers (such as the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and the New York Times), and many online publications (for example, I blog regularly for the Huffington Post). And I’ve sometimes been interviewed by and quoted by journalists, which has allowed me to get my opinions on historical issues and Chinese contemporary affairs across to readers of periodicals such as the Economist and the audiences who listen to shows such as “Morning Edition” and "All Things Considered" on NPR. And last but not least, I am Editor of the Journal of Asian Studies, the flagship publication of the Association for Asian Studies, and now part co-edit the Asia Section of the Los Angeles Review of Books. I joined UCI's History Department in 2006 after spending fifteen years at Indiana University in Bloomington, where in addition to teaching 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 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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