Michael Tsin

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Associate Professor

460 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
919-962-5554 (phone)
tsin@email.unc.edu

MA School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1983
PhD Princeton University, 1991

Research Interests

Michael Tsin’s current research focuses on exploring the social processes of identity formation through the prism of late nineteenth and twentieth century China. The project is part of his ongoing interest in the historical processes through which ideas and practices were translated into established norms and values, disseminated through the social body, transplanted across different times and places, and contested and challenged by the populace. At a broader level, he is curious to learn more about how the forces of global capitalism, whether through the instrument of formal colonial possessions in the last century or through the mechanisms of transnational institutions in the twenty-first century, manage to continually make and unmake the world in its different forms.

Some Significant Publications

  • “Overlapping Histories: Writing Prison and Penal Practices in Late Imperial and Early Republican China,” Journal of World History, 20:1 (March 2009), 69–97
  • “Rethinking ‘State and Society’ in Late Qing and Republican China,” in Jens Damm and Mechthild Leutner, eds., China Networks, Berliner China-Hefte/Chinese History and Society, 35 (LIT [Münster], 2009), 20–32
  • Nation, Governance, and Modernity in China: Canton, 19001927, paperback edition (Stanford, 2002)

Graduate Students Advised by Michael Tsin

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 133—Introduction to Chinese History
  • HIST 292—Unity and Difference in Twentieth-century China
  • GLBL 390—Colonization, Migration, and National Identity
  • HIST 393—Unity and Difference in Twentieth-Century China
  • HIST 393—Colonial Encounters
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