Kenneth Pomeranz - Chancellor's Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California - Irvine
The Council is pleased to present the 45th Annual Edward H. Hume Memorial Lecture. Kenneth Pomeranz is Chancellor’s Professor of History and Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at University of California - Irvine, former Chair of the History Department, and Director of the University of California Multi-Campus Research Group in World History. His publications include The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy (winner, Fairbank prize, American Historical Association; co-winner, World History Association Book Prize); The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present (co-author); and The Making of a Hinterland: State, Society and Economy in Inland North China, 1853-1937 (Fairbank Prize). While the bulk of his work has revolved around Chinese and comparative economic development, rural social change, environmental change, and state formation, he has also written on the history of popular religion and of family organization and gender roles. He is currently engaged in multiple projects, including a follow up volume to The Great Divergence, taking the argument into the 20th century, and a study of the goddess of Mt. Tai in rural north China. His honors include Guggenheim and ACLS Fellowships and distinguished lectureships at a number of universities in the United States, Europe, and East Asia.