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

Meng ZHANG Meng ZHANG

Assistant Professor of History | Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts

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Biography

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.

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 (12)

Late Imperial and Modern China

Economic History

Resource Management

Environmental History

History of Global Capitalism

Political Economy

Long-Distance Trade

Forestry

Legal History

Business History

Material Culture

Chinese Diaspora

Affiliations (1)

  • Institute for Advanced Study (member, Spring 2021)

Languages (3)

  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Manchu

Courses (6)

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

First-Year Seminar

Modern China

HIST 4820 Historiography seminar.

Conceptualizing Global Capitalism

HIST 5000, senior seminar

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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