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Bryna Goodman


Office: 331 McKenzie
Office Hours: M: 4-5pm 331MCK; W: 1-2pm 218 PLC
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 Law: Knowledge, Practice, and Transformation (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).



Winter 2015 Courses

HIST 191 China Past and Present
ASIA 612 Approaches to Asian Studies

Course roster

HIST 191 China Past and Present
HIST 407 Seminar: Treaty-Port Shanghai
HIST 408 Coll Shanghai
HIST 410 Nixon in China
HIST 497 Modernity and Gender in China
ASIA 611 Perspectives in Asian Studies
ASIA 612 Approaches to Asian Studies