Chinese Studies at UCLA: Highlights of the Progam

Contemporary Studies

The program has had great diversity for the study of post-1949 China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Richard Baum and James Tong specialize in contemporary Chinese politics in the Department of Political Science; Nancy Levine on Tibet and Yunxiang Yan on China in Anthropology; Cameron Campbell in Sociology; Philip Huang in contemporary legal, social and economic history; Theodore Huters, Shu-mei Shih, and Richard Strassberg in literature; Cindy Fan in Geography; Helen Rees in Ethnomusicology; and Randall Peerenboom and Arthur Rosett in the Law School.

Literary and Cultural Studies

With Theodore Huters, David Schaberg, Shu-mei Shih, and Richard Strassberg, UCLA is a major center for the study of Chinese literature in all periods: classical literary criticism (Schaberg), traditional fiction and drama (Richard Strassberg), and modern and contemporary literature (Huters, Shih). The faculty’s wide-ranging interests and expertise in literary and cultural studies, and in intellectual history provide an important resource for graduate training. John Duncan and Peter H. Lee provide additional faculty strength in the comparative study of Korean literature and history, as do Seiji Lippit, Michael F. Marra, and Herbert Plutschow in Japanese literature and history. In addition, students benefit from the concentration of faculty in the southern California area for the comparative study of Chinese literature.

Hui-shu Lee in the Department of Art History lends the program strength in the history of Chinese painting, later Chinese art, and comparative art history. Providing a comparative perspective are Burglind Jungmann in Korean art history, Ronald L. Brown in Southeast Asian art history, and Donald McCallum in Japanese art history.

The recent addition of Hongyin Tao provides the program with a specialist in linguistics and the history of the Chinese language.

Historical Studies

The graduate program in Chinese history includes four faculty members in the Department of History: Kathryn Bernhardt work on social, legal, and women’s history from 1500; Philip Huang concentrates on the social, economic, and legal history of the same period; and Richard von Glahn works in the social, cultural, and economic history of China from 1000 to 1800. Students may also take a field or courses with faculty at nearby institutions. The faculty in Chinese studies works especially closely with outstanding faculty at UCLA in related fields, including Fred Notehelfer, Herman Ooms, Miriam Silverberg, and Sharon Traweek in Japanese history; John Duncan in Korean history; and George Dutton, Vinay Lal, Geoffrey Robinson, and Michael Salman in South and Southeast Asian history.

Religious Studies & Ancient China

Robert Buswell, William Bodiford, Gregory Shoppen, and Jonathan Silk in the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department provide guidance for the study of the Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Korean Buddhist traditions. Hung-hsiang Chou works in Chinese archaeology and epigraphy. Lothar von Falkenhausen offers special strength in archaeology and art history, and David Schaberg combines a mastery of ancient classical and historical texts with expertise in comparative literature.