• China in World History

Paul Ropp, Clark University discusses his forthcoming book

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010
Munce Conference Room, Archer 110
20 Derne Street, Boston

Paul Ropp is the Andrea and Peter Klein Distinguished Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at Clark University.  He began studying China in graduate school at the University of Michigan in 1966.  A specialist in late imperial China, he is the author of two books:  Dissent in Early Modern China:  "Ju-lin wai-shih" and  Ch’¬ing Social Criticism (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1981), and Banished Immortal:  Searching for Shuangqing, China’s Peasant Woman Poet (Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2001); and the editor of two books:  Heritage of China: Contemporary Perspectives on Chinese Civilization (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990), and (with Paola Zamperini and Harriet T. Zurndorfer), Passionate Women:  Female Suicide in Late Imperial China (Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2001). In 2010 he will publish China in World History with Oxford University Press.

Professor Ropp has been at Clark University since 1985, and has served as Chair of the History Department, as Associate Dean of the College, and for one year as Dean of the College.  He founded the Asian Studies program at Clark in the late 1980s.  He has lived and studied several times in Taiwan since 1968, and first visited the People’s Republic in 1975.  He is currently working on a study of political dissent through China’s long history, and he spent the spring semester in Nanjing in 2005 as a research fellow at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, a program jointly administered by Johns Hopkins University and Nanjing University

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