Cynthia Brokaw

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CEAS Associate-in-Research
Brown University
Areas of interest : 
Late Imperial Chinese History; the History of the Book in China

Cynthia Brokaw received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1984. A specialist in late imperial Chinese history (ca. 1400 – 1900), she has taught at Brown University since 2009.  Her first work, The Ledgers of Merit and Demerit: Social Change and Moral Order in Late Imperial China, examined the role of popular religious belief in the formation of social ideology. Her current research focuses on the history of the book in China. Commerce in Culture: The Sibao Book Trade in the Qing and Republican Periods, based on archival and fieldwork, is a study of a rural book publishing industry active in distributing popular texts throughout south China. She has also co-edited two essay collections on print culture, Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China (with Kai-wing Chow) and From Woodblocks to the Internet: Chinese Print Culture in Transition, circa 1800 to 2008 (with Christopher Reed).  She is now engaged in research on the role that print culture played in the re-integration of Sichuan province into the Chinese political and cultural mainstream over the course of the Qing dynasty.