Denise Ho

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Assistant Professor of History
115 Prospect St, Room 239, New Haven, CT 06511
Areas of interest : 
Modern China; Cultural Revolution; Museum Studies; Material Culture


HIST 032, EAST 032


History of the city of Shanghai, with a focus on how Shanghai has been seen and what its experience reveals about modern China. Shanghai’s unique place in imagining China; its transformation in the nineteenth century from a fishing village to an international “treaty port” and China’s gateway to the West; twentieth-century Shanghai as a site of innovation, from politics and capitalism to media and fashion; the city’s vilification in the early Mao years and later reemergence as a symbol of China’s modernization.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: M,W 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
HIST 309J, EAST 309

Uses of the Past in Modern China

Modern China’s use of the past in state-sponsored narratives of nation, in attempts to construct heritage by elites and intellectuals, and in grassroots projects of remembrance. Theories on history and memory; primary sources in English translation; case studies from twentieth-century China. Interdisciplinary readings in art history, anthropology, cultural studies, and history.

Term: Fall 2017
Day/Time: T 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
HIST 375, EAST 375

China from Mao to Now

The history of the People’s Republic of China from Mao to now, with a focus on understanding the recent Chinese past and framing contemporary events in China in historical context. How the party-state is organized; interactions between state and society; causes and consequences of economic disparities; ways in which various groups—from intellectuals to religious believers—have shaped the meaning of contemporary Chinese society.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: M,W 11:35 AM - 12:50 PM
HIST 893

History of China’s Republican Period

This reading seminar examines recent English-language scholarship on China’s Republi­can period (1912–1949) covering themes from state and economy to society and culture. Weekly topics include state institutions and law, nationalism, politics and political move­ments, the development of cities, media and publication, public health, education, labor, and rural reconstruction.

Term: Spring 2018
Day/Time: Th 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM