Schaberg and Yan to head UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
Two young, yet distinguished, scholars take over as co-directors of one of America's top China programs.
Professor David Schaberg of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and Professor Yunxiang Yan of the Department of Anthropology will become co-directors of the Center for Chinese Studies on July 1st. They take over from Professor Richard Baum of the Department of Political Science who has guided the Center for the past six years. Building on its achievements as an important forum for much of the best and most current scholarship on China, the new co-directors look forward to strengthening ties among China specialists at UCLA and in the southern California region. They plan to develop a regular seminar series and a lecture series on special topics. In addition to academic talks and conferences they expect to engage figures from the worlds of government, business, entertainment and journalism as the Center becomes even more visible within and beyond academia as a premier location internationally for the study of China.
“I want to complement the search committee for identifying two first-rate scholars with bold ambitions for the Center to be its new directors,” said Dean and Vice Provost of the UCLA International Institute, Geoffrey Garrett. “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Rick Baum for the wonderful service he has given to international studies at UCLA, most recently as director of the China center, as well as his period as interim director of the Asia Institute.” R. Bin Wong, Director of the UCLA Asia Institute noted “The Center for Chinese Studies will be led by a pair of outstanding scholars representing the humanities and social sciences, as well as teaching and research on ancient and contemporary subjects.”
Professor Schaberg took his degrees in comparative literature from Stanford University (B.A. 1986) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1996). He joined the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures in 1996. Schaberg received the 2003 Joseph Levenson Prize from the Association for Asian Studies for the best study of pre-20th-century China honoring A Patterned Past: Form and Thought in Early Chinese Historiography.
Professor Yan earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese literature and then a master’s in folklore from Beijing University before continuing his graduate education at Harvard University where he earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1993. He delivered the 2003 Malinowski Memorial Lecture at the London School of Economics and won the 2005 Joseph Levenson Prize for the best work on post-1900 China for his Private Life Under Socialism: Love, Intimacy, and Family Change in a Chinese Village, 1949-1999.
Click here for the story on the appointment of Professors Schaberg and Yan that appeared in the May 24, 2005 issue of UCLA Today.