Wang Xiuli is an Associate Professor of School of History and Culture, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China. She got her B.A. and M.A. from Hebei Teacher’s University (Shijiazhang, China) and Ph. D. from Ji’nan University (Guangzhou, China). Her academic interest lies in the economic and social history of middle and late imperial China. During her stay at the Harvard-Yenching Institute, her research focused on "Vicissitudes of the Merchant-scholar Cultural Circle in Taicang around the Turning Point of Yuan and Ming", attempting a deep understanding of the Yuan-Ming transition and its effects on late imperial Chinese history through a careful tracing of the tragic fates of the Taicang Merchant-scholar elite community, an epitome of social and cultural life of South China during late Yuan. Her major academic publication is Acculturation and Historical Evolution: Study on Commerce in Southeast China during Yuan, Macao, 2005.