Jin Jiang is a professor of history at East China Normal University in Shanghai. She received her Ph. D in history from Stanford University and taught at Vassar College for many years before she returned to Shanghai to take up her current position in 2004. Jiang’s research focuses on 20th-century China with special interests in the history of Chinese women, popular culture, and urban Shanghai. She is the author of numerous articles and editor of multivolume anthologies. Her book, Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai (Washington University Press, 2009) has received favorable reviews. During her tenure at Harvard-Yenching Institute, Jiang will work on a new book titled “The City and the Revolution: Shanghai under the Communists.” She intends to uncover a history of conflicts between a cosmopolitan city and its hinterland Communist conquests that shaped and continues to shape the city and the Chinese nation in important ways.
Professor Jiang is a HYI-Radcliffe Institute Visiting Scholar.