Published: Friday, May 26, 2006
Professor of History and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of History, Technology, and Society at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He came to UCLA in 1986 from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. There he had already published a number of works, including a biography of Robert Hart, the British head of the Chinese customs service, and a history of Shanghai. After teaching for a couple of years at the State University of New York at Oswego, Lu moved to the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Lu's research focuses on the everyday life of the everyday people of modern China. This interest is reflected in his most recent major publications, which include Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century (Stanford, 1999), which won the Urban History Association Best Book Award in non-North American Urban History in 2001; Modernity and Cultural Identity in Taiwan (ed., 2001); and Street Criers: A Cultural History of Chinese Beggars (California, 2005).
Professor Lu a past president of the Chinese Historians in the United States and an honorary Research Professor at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He has been a visiting fellow of the East Asian Institute, Singapore.
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