Sukhee Lee, Associate Professor
Ph.D, Harvard University
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Early Modern China, Intellectual History.
I am an historian of middle period China. I define myself as a social historian,
but I am very much interested in intellectual history as well. In fact, I find it most
exciting when these two fields illuminate each other. I did my undergraduate (BA)
and graduate studies (MA) at Yonsei University, Korea, the oldest modern university
in the country founded by an American missionary, before obtaining a Ph.D. degree
from Harvard University in 2009.On a very general level, I am interested in two aspects of Chinese history: First, tensions
between state power and social elites, focusing on how those tensions are expressed
and resolved; Second, the localization of national policies or nationwide scholarly
movements, asking how local actors appropriate those outside changes to serve their
interests, whether material or cultural.
Xun Liu, Associate Professor
Ph.D, University of Southern California
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Modern and Traditional China in World History, Religion, Medicine.
I am a historian of late imperial and modern China with a particular interest in the history of Daoism and its relationship to Chinese society and culture. I am currently working on a monographic study of the Daoist temples and local society in Nanyang in central China from the mid-17th century to the present. I am interested in the various roles Daoists and their temples play in shaping the structures, institutions, and practices of local culture and society, and how they have changed over time in their interaction with the modernizing state, globalizing economy, and local religious traditions.