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Bryna Goodman


Office: 331 McKenzie
Office Hours: T: 2:45 - 3:45pm in PLC 218 &
Phone: 541-346-4825





  • Professor, Modern Chinese History
  • Director, Asian Studies Program
  • Director, Oregon Consortium of International and Area Studies
  • Ph.D. 1990, Stanford University (Chinese History)
  • Editorial Board, Twentieth Century China (2008-present)
  • Modern China Editor, Journal of Asian Studies (2004-2006)
  • American Historical Association, Progam Committee (2015 Annual Meeting)
  • Association for Asian Studies, China and Inner Asia Council (elected, 2013-2016)

Books and Edited Volumes in Print and in Preparation

  • Native Place, City and Nation: Regional Networks and Identities in Shanghai, 1853-1937 (University of California Press, 1995).

  • Transnationalism and the Chinese Press, Special Issue of China Review 4:1 (April 2004). Guest Editor

  • Gender in Motion: Divisions of Labor and Cultural Change in Late Imperial and Modern China (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Co-edited with Wendy Larson.
  • Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China: Localities, the Everyday, and the World (Routledge, April 2012). Co-edited with David S.G. Goodman
  • Stained with Spots of Blood: The Romance of Liberal Democracy in 1920s Shanghai, monograph in preparation.
  • Economics and the New Chinese Republic: Sovereignty, Capitalism, and Freedom, monograph in preparation

Recent Research Articles

  • "Economics with Chinese Characteristics: The Production of Economic Knowledge in Early Republican Shanghai," in Knowledge Acts in Modern China: Ideas, Institutions, Identities (UC Berkeley, 2015).
  • "'Law is One thing and Virtue is Another': Vernacular Readings of Law and Legal Process in 1920s Shanghai" in Chinese Legal Culture and Modernity (Brill, February 2015).
  • "Translating Economics in Republican China," in Modern China: Essays on New Knowledge (Taipei, 2013).
  • "Colonialism and China," in Twentieth-Century Colonialism and China (2012)
  • "Things Unheard of East or West: Colonial Contamination and Cultural Purity in Early Chinese Stock Exchanges" (2012).
  • "Words of Blood and Tears: Petty Urbanites Write Emotion," Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China (2009).
  • "What is in a Network? Local, Personal and Public Loyalties and Conceptions of the State and Social Welfare, in At the Crossroads of Empires, Middlemen, Social Networks, and Statebuilding in Republican Shanghai (Stanford University Press, 2007).
  • "Appealing to the Public: Newspaper Presentation and Adjudication of Emotion," Twentieth-Century China (2006).
  • "The New Woman Commits Suicide: The Press, Cultural Memory and the New Republic," Journal of Asian Studies (2005).
  • "Unvirtuous Exchanges: Women and the Corruptions of the Stock Market in Early Republican Shanghai," in Women in China: The Republican Period in Historical Perspective (LIT Verlag, 2005).
  • "The Vocational Woman and the Elusiveness of 'Personhood' in Early Republican China," in Gender in Motion (2005).
  • "Axes of Gender: Divisions of Labor and Spatial Separation," in Gender in Motion (2005).
  • "Semi-Colonialism, Transnational Ties, and Press Culture in Early Republican Shanghai," China Review ((2004).
  • "Democratic Calisthenics: The Culture of Urban Associations in the New Republic," in Elizabeth Perry and Merle Goldman, eds., Changing Meanings of Citizenship in Contemporary China (Harvard University Press, 2002).
  • "Improvisations on a Semi-Colonial Theme, or, How to Read a Celebration of Transnational Urban Community, JAS (2000).
  • "Being Public: The Politics of Representation in 1918 Shanghai," Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (2000).

Major Fellowships, Grants, Honors

  • Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2012-13).
  • Membership, Faculty of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study (2012, declined)
  • Faculty Excellence Award, 2007
  • Visiting Researcher, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan (Nov/Dec. 2005)
  • Petrone Fellow, 2004
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2003)
  • Coleman and Guitteau Professorship in the Humanities (2002 and 2012)
  • Association for Asian Studies Conference Grant, Co-Author (2001)
  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation Conference Grant, Co-Author (2001)
  • Visiting Professor, École des Hautes Études, Paris (June 1999)
  • Faculty Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center (1998-99)

Conference Organization

  • Organizer, "Area Studies in Global Context: The 'Place' of Asia" UO (2012).
  • Co-Organizer, International Conference on "Colonialism and Chinese Localities," Qingdao (2007).
  • Organizer, International Workshop on "Newspapers and Transnational Journalism in Late Imperial and Republican China," UO (2002).
  • Co-Organizer, "Gender in Motion: Divisions of Labor and Cultural Change in Late Imperial and Modern China," UO (2001).



Fall 2014 Courses

HIST 497 Gender in Modern China

Course roster

HIST 407 Seminar: Treaty-Port Shanghai
HIST 408 Coll Shanghai
HIST 410 Nixon in China
HIST 497 Gender in Modern China
ASIA 611 Perspectives in Asian Studies
ASIA 612 Approaches to Asian Studies