Emily Mokros (PhD Candidate, History)
Course: AS.100.220 Freshman Seminar: Politics, Information, and the State in Early Modern China and Japan
This introductory seminar examines culture and politics in early modern East Asia (ca. 1500–1900) by looking at changing modes of communication and attitudes about state control of information and ideology. Freshmen only.
John Bandy (PhD Candidate, History)
Course: AS.310.308 The Frontier in Late Imperial China
Description: The tremendous expansion of Chinese frontiers during the late imperial period forced the state and those who lived within it to grapple with complex problems of governance, ethnicity, and the geographic extent of “China.” Issues and concerns associated with the massive Chinese frontiers have extended into the present; hence, no one can appreciate the current problems plaguing China’s northwestern, southwestern, or coastal regions without an understanding of its historical antecedents. This seminar is designed to introduce major scholarly works and theoretical frameworks on the Chinese frontier.
Yao Li (PhD Candidate, Sociology)
Course: 310.307 Governance and Politics in China
Description: A dramatic rise of popular protests in China today has spurred lively discussions about the causes, dynamics, and impact of these protests. This course will provide students with an opportunity to understand these issues by discussing the social, institutional and cultural background of protests, major forms of protest, social groups involved, government responses, and social implications of various kinds of protests. The first part of the course will explore significant socio-economic changes since 1978 and the effects of these changes on China’s social structure and stratification. This part will also examine changes in governance and political systems in the reform era and review important theories of contentious politics. The second part will examine protests by distinct social groups, including peasants, workers, homeowners, and ethnic minority groups, pro-democratic activists, among others. This part will identify similarities and differences in the demands and actions of different groups, introduce the major forms of popular resistance, and explore how the state deals with them accordingly. The course will conclude with discussion of the outcomes of social protests in China and make a cross-national comparison between protests in China and other authoritarian states. By taking China as an example, this course will enhance students’ knowledge about forms of popular contention and government responses in an authoritarian regime as well as help students develop analytical and critical thinking skills with regard to contentious politics.
Karyn Jiamin Wang (PhD Candidate)
Course: 310.214 Empire and Hierarchy in East Asia
Course Description: This course investigates the spectrum of unequal political authority in international politics. Empire, as one pole of hierarchical politics, persists in today’s multilateral, rule-based order. We will examine the theoretical foundations of hierarchy and empire in the study of international politics in East Asia. In addition, we will look at why empires arose at particular junctures, and contemporary directions in the debate on empire.
Burak Gurel (PhD Candidate)
Course: 310.204 Rural Development in Asia
Course Description: We will examine the transformation of the Asian countryside from the beginning of the 20th century up until the present by looking at agrarian structure, economic and social development, collectivization and decollectivization, rural industrialization, agribusiness, sustainable agriculture, and rural unrest. Course materials combine theoretical readings with empirical case studies. While theoretical readings examine global processes involving Asia and elsewhere, case studies cover several Asian countries, with an emphasis on China and India.
Daisy Kim (PhD Candidate)
Course: AS.310.207 Mapping Migrations in East Asia
Course Description: This seminar introduces students to the phenomenon of migration in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan from theoretical, empirical, and comparative perspectives. The objectives of the course are to understand the 1) historical context behind present-day migrations in East Asia; 2) different patterns of migration flows and their consequences on receiving countries; 3) various theoretical frameworks for migration. The course is divided into three parts. In the first part, the course will examine theoretical approaches to migration, structured around the question of whether East Asia as a region represents a distinct model of migration. In the second, students will explore the empirical cases in greater detail by comparing and contrasting the different types of migrations. The third part addresses the responses to migration by host governments and societies and the implications of migration on citizenship and identity.
Ying Zhang (PhD Candidate)
Course: AS.310.105 Medicine and Society in China: From the Song to the Republican Period
Course Description: This course introduces students to medical history in China in relation to gender history, legal history, publishing history, and literature from the Song to the Republican period.