I received my Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 2017 and B.A. in economics and statistics from Peking University in 2010. My 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 resource management.
On Leave in Spring 2021 (member at School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, NJ)
My first book, Timber and Forestry in Qing China: Sustaining the Market, is forthcoming from the University of Washington Press in 2021. Can markets coexist with sustainable resource use? The question that puzzles contemporary environmentalists and economists was also an issue in Qing China, where the answer was a tentative yes. This book examines the dynamics of market expansion and innovative arrangements in forestry that collectively ameliorated the challenges of timber supply. Of driving concern were questions of sustainability: How to maintain a reliable source of timber across decades and centuries? And how to sustain a business network across a thousand miles? Delving into rare archives, I scrutinize a set of institutions underlying “sustainable markets”—property rights arrangements, accountability, intermediation, taxation, and complementarity between formal and informal platforms of arbitration—that helped direct people’s incentives toward resource regeneration, market openness, and contract enforcement.
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 (12)
Late Imperial and Modern China
History of Global Capitalism
- Institute for Advanced Study (member, Spring 2021)
Modern Asia: China, Japan, and Korea, 1600 to present
HIST1800/ASPA1998 Core: Historical Analysis and Perspectives Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Fall 2017
Environment and Economy in Chinese History
HIST 3820 Core: Interdisciplinary Connections Flag: writing
The Chinese Economy: Past and Present
HIST 3810 Core: Interdisciplinary Connections Flags: quantitative reasoning
Youth and Revolutions in China
HIST 4820 Historiography seminar.
Conceptualizing Global Capitalism
HIST 5000, senior seminar
Financing Market-Oriented Reforestation: Securitization of Timberlands and Shareholding Practices in Southwest China, 1750-1900Late Imperial 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, 1880-1930International Journal of Asian Studies
“Timber Trade Organizations in Shanghai: Institutions, Enforcement, and Dispute Resolution, 1880-1930.” International Journal of Asian Studies 14, no. 2 (2017), pp. 143-170.