Jeffrey Wasserstrom will give the talk, "Angry Ghosts: Chinese Boxers, Foreign Invaders and the Tragedies of 1900," on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rooke Chemistry Auditorium (Room 116) at Bucknell University.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Wasserstrom is Chancellor's Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, where he serves as editor of the Journal of Asian Studies and holds a courtesy position in the Law School. He is the author of four books, including the most recent, China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2010, updated and reprinted in 2013).
He is the editor or co-editor of several other books, including, most recently, two collaborations with journalist Angilee Shah: Chinese Characters: Profiles of Fast-Changing Lives in a Fast-Changing Land, (University of California Press, 2012) and China Stories, which came out only in e-book form in 2013 as a Los Angeles Review of Books digital edition. He is working on another book for Oxford, which will focus on the Boxer Uprising and the foreign invasion that crushed it in 1900.
Wasserstrom has written research articles for a range of scholarly publications, including China Quarterly, Theory and Society, and the Journal of World History. In addition, he has contributed reviews and commentaries to the American Scholar, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Atlantic, The Nation, Outlook India, TIME and Newsweek.
One of the co-founders of the China Beat blog (a major source of information and opinion on China from 2008 through mid-2012), he blogs regularly for venues such as the Huffington Post. He is co-editor of the Asia section of the Los Angeles Review of Books, an Associate Fellow of the Asia Society, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
He has given talks on China on four continents and has been a guest on radio programs such as NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered and American Public Media’s Marketplace. He was educated at UC Santa Cruz, Harvard and Berkeley as well as the University of London and Shanghai’s Fudan University.
He taught at the University of Kentucky and at Indiana University, where he served for a time as the Director of the East Asian Studies Center. He has been a frequent participant in the Shanghai International Literary Festival, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (twice), and a featured speaker at other literary gatherings. He served as a consultant for two prize-winning documentary films on Chinese historical events produced by the Long Bow Group and has been traveling to China regularly since the mid-1980s.
Wasserstrom is a 2014-15 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar hosted by the China Institute. During his visit to Bucknell, he also will visit classes and meet with students and faculty.