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.
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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
Early Modern Globalization
Comparative Institutional Analysis
Social Network Analysis
Modern Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, 1600 to present
Core: Historical Analysis and Perspectives
Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Environment and Economy in China
"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
“Timber Trade Organizations in Shanghai: Institutions, Enforcement, and Dispute Resolution, 1880-1930.” International Journal of Asian Studies 14, no. 2 (2017), pp. 143-170.