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Meng ZHANG - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Meng ZHANG Meng ZHANG

Assistant Professor of East Asian History | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

Biography

Meng Zhang received her Ph.D. in Chinese history from UCLA in 2017 and her B.A. in economics and statistics from Peking University in 2010. Her primary field of research is the economic and environmental history of early modern China, with a particular focus on the institutions of long-distance trade and plantation forestry. She is working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled "Sustainable Markets: Long-Distance Timber Trade in China, 1750-1930," which examines the interregional trade system that connected the Lower Yangzi economic core areas to timber supplies of the southwestern frontier. The book centers on two questions of "sustainability:" how to sustain a reliable supply of timber for several centuries; and how to sustain a business network that spanned more than a thousand miles. It discusses the underlying institutional mechanisms of “sustainable markets,” which aligned the historical actors’ incentives towards the direction of resource regeneration, market participation, and contract enforcement, although such solutions were by no means perfect. Her work has appeared in the International Journal of Asian Studies and Late Imperial China.

For more information, please view my personal website at https://sites.google.com/site/mengzhang1654/.

Education (3)

University of California, Los Angeles: Ph.D., History 2017

University of California, Los Angeles: M.A., History 2013

Peking University: B.A., Economics and Statistics 2010

Areas of Expertise (11)

Late Imperial and Modern China Economic History Environmental History Business History Early Modern Globalization Political Economics Legal History Material Culture Diaspora Comparative Institutional Analysis Social Network Analysis

Languages (3)

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Manchu

Courses (4)

Modern Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, 1600 to present

HIST1800/ASPA1998
Core: Historical Analysis and Perspectives
Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2017

Modern China

HIST 4820
Fall 2017

Chinese Youth

First-Year Seminar
Fall 2018

Environment and Economy in China

Spring 2019

Articles (2)

Financing Market-Oriented Reforestation: Securitization of Timberlands and Shareholding Practices in Southwest China, 1750-1900 Late Imperial China

Meng Zhang

2017-12-28

"Financing Market-Oriented Reforestation: Securitization of Timberlands and Shareholding Practices in Southwest China, 1750-1900." Late Imperial China 38, no. 2 (2017), pp. 109-51. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1353/late.2017.0006

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Timber Trade Organizations in Shanghai: Institutions, Enforcement, and Dispute Resolution, 1880-1930 International Journal of Asian Studies

Meng Zhang

2017-07-12

“Timber Trade Organizations in Shanghai: Institutions, Enforcement, and Dispute Resolution, 1880-1930.” International Journal of Asian Studies 14, no. 2 (2017), pp. 143-170.

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