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China Between Worlds | Speakers

J. Stapleton Roy

United States Ambassador to China, 1991-1995. Ambassador Roy was born in Nanjing in 1935 to American Presbyterian missionary parents (his father, Andrew Todd Roy, was a faculty member at the University of Nanking) and attended Shanghai American School until 1949. Roy has served in the US diplomatic corps in Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Russia. He is the Founding Director and Distinguished Scholar of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.

Ernest P. Young

Professor Emeritus of History, University of Michigan. Professor Young has studied and written extensively on nationalism, reform, and revolution in early twentieth century China. His most recent research focuses on the history of the Catholic Church in China, culminating in a book entitled Ecclesiastical Colony: China’s Catholic Church and the French Religious Protectorate (Oxford University Press, 2013). His previous works include The Presidency of Yuan Shih-k'ai: Liberalism and Dictatorship in Early Republican China (University of Michigan Press, 1977).

Mary Gallagher

Professor of Political Science; Director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Professor Gallagher specializes in the study of Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society. Her new book, Authoritarian Legality: Law, Workers, and the State in Contemporary China is out this year from Cambridge University Press; her first book was Contagious Capitalism: Globalization and the Politics of Labor in China (Princeton University Press, 2005).

Charles Bright

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Professor Emeritus of History in the Residential College and the Department of History, University of Michigan. Professor Bright’s research focuses on American political history and global history. His maternal grandfather, Robert J. McMullen, was also a Presbyterian educational missionary in Hangzhou and an administrator at Shanghai American School in the prewar era. Bright and Joseph W. Ho recently completed a co-edited book entitled War and Occupation: Letters of an American Missionary from Hangzhou, 1937-1938, to be published by Lehigh University Press.

Wang Zheng

Professor of Women’s Studies and History; Research Scientist, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan. Professor Wang’s scholarship focuses on feminism in China – its historical development and contemporary activism – and changing gender discourses in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century. Her recent research projects deal with gender and socialist state formation in the Mao era, and contemporary global feminist activism in China. Wang’s most recent book is Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People's Republic of China, 1949-1964 (University of California Press, 2016).

Pär Cassel

Associate Professor of History, Associate Director of the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan. Professor Cassel specializes in legal and political history in late imperial and modern China, and has published broadly on extraterritoriality, treaty ports in East Asia, and Manchu Studies. He is strongly committed to multi-lingual and multi-archival research and is especially interested in historical problems where international relations, jurisprudence, institutional history and linguistics intersect. Cassel’s most recent book is entitled Grounds of Judgement: Extraterritoriality and Imperial Power in Nineteenth Century China and Japan (Oxford University Press, 2011).

Xiaoxin Wu

Associate Director, The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco (USF). Dr. Wu received his Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education from USF. His research focuses on the history of Christian higher education in China and archival resource development for the study of Christianity in China. Wu’s recent publications include Christianity in China: A Scholars’ Guide to Resources in the Libraries and Archives of the United States (Routledge 2nd Edition, 2009), Encounters and Dialogues: Changing Perspectives on Chinese-Western Exchanges from the Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries (Institut Monumenta Serica; Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History 2004), and 中國基督宗教史料叢刊 (Collections of Historical Sources on Christianity in China, Guangxi Normal University Press, 2011–2014).

Shanghai American School Alumni Speakers (general backgrounds)

Rev. Mimi Hollister Gardner – Methodist medical missionary family in South China
Reva Jolovitz – Russian Jewish refugee family, Harbin and Shanghai
Michael Palmer – Standard Oil family, Chongqing, Shanghai, Qingdao
Rev. Carl Scovel – Presbyterian medical missionary family in Shandong, Anhui, Guangzhou
Dr. David Angus – Reformed educational missionary family in Xiamen, Fujian

Graduate Student Presenters

Angie Baecker, Asian Languages and Cultures
Stephanie de Oliveira Chen, Department of Psychology
Lou Mo, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris)

Affiliate Participant

Dr. Liangyu Fu, Chinese Studies Librarian, University of Michigan Asia Library