Jeffrey Wasserstrom is Chancellor’s Professor of History at the University of California, Irvine, where he also holds courtesy appointments in Law, Literary Journalism, and Political Science and directs the Honors Program of the School of Humanities. A frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, and literary reviews as well as academic journals, his most recent books are, as author, Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink (Columbia Global Reports, 2020) and, as editor, The Oxford History of Modern China (Oxford University Press, 2022). He will be spending the spring of 2023 at the University of London as a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College.

Imperial Gateway: A Conversation with Seiji Shirane

How does one write the history of an empire? One approach is to focus on plans made in a metropole and carried out by armies and colonial officials in nearby or distant locales. Another highlights struggles in those targeted locales carried out by people threatened by imperial actions. And yet another combines a top-down concern […]

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