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John William ChaffeeJohn William Chaffee

Distinguished Service Professor of History and Asian and Asian American Studies
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Director, Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas
Office: LT 608
Phone: (607) 777-4168

I am a Chinese historian with a research focus on the social and institutional history of the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE). My undergraduate courses include a survey of East Asia, a year-long history of China , and a history of Sino-European interactions from 1200 to 1945. My graduate seminars (often cross-listed as senior seminars) deal with maritime Asia, East Asian imperialism, and the history of Chinese women, and I work individually with graduate students in Chinese history on their own research areas. My past research undertakings have focused upon the educational and examination systems of the Song, and the Song imperial clan. My current projects concern the Muslim trade diasporas in Guangzhou and Quanzhou from the Tang to Ming dynasties. I am also co-editing the topical Song volume of the Cambridge History of China.

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