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Bryna Goodman

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: (541) 346-4825
  • Office: 331 McKenzie Hall
  • Office Hours: M 4:00-5:00 331 McK; W 1:00-2:00 218 PLC


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

Monographs and Edited Volumes

  • 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: Liberal Democracy in 1920s Shanghai, monograph in preparation.
  • Economics and the New Chinese Republic: Sovereignty, Capitalism, and Freedom, monograph in preparation


  • "'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 (2015).
  • 翻譯的鍊金術: 民國早期上海的「經濟學」, ⟪ 近代中國新知識的建構⟫ (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

  • Membership, Faculty of the School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
  • Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2012-13).
  • 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)
  • 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).