Sherman Cochran is professor of history at Cornell University. His new book is Encountering Chinese Networks: Western, Japanese, and Chinese Corporations in China, 1880–1937 (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, forthcoming). His current research is on consumer culture in Chinese history.
Prasenjit Duara is professor of history at the University of Chicago. His most recent book is Rescuing History from the Nation: Questioning Narratives of Modern China (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1995). He is currently working on a project on Sino-Japanese discursive relations, tentatively entitled "Manchukuo and the Frontiers of the East Asian Modern."
William C. Kirby is professor and chair in the Department of History and director of the Asia Center at Harvard University. A historian of modern China, he studies China's economic and political development in an international context. He is the author of Germany and Republican China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1984) and coeditor of State and Economy in Republican China: A Handbook for Scholars (Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 1999). His current projects include studies of the international development of China in the twentieth century, the history of modern Chinese capitalism, and the international socialist economy of the 1950s and China's role in it.
Leo Oufan Lee is professor of Chinese literature at Harvard University. He is the author of The Romantic Generation of Modern Chinese Writers (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1973) and Voices from the Iron House: A Study of Lu Xun (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987). His new book is Shanghai Modern: The Flowering of New Urban Culture in China, 1930–1945 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1999).
Richard Madsen is professor of sociology at the University of California at San Diego. He is coauthor (with Anita Chan and Jonathan Unger) of Chen Village (1984; second edition 1992) and author of Morality and Power in a Chinese Village (1984), China and the American Dream (1995), and China's Catholics: Tragedy and Hope in an Emerging Civil Society (1998), all published by the University of California Press.
Paul G. Pickowicz is professor of history and Chinese studies at the University of California at San Diego. He is author of Marxist Literary Thought in China: The Influence of Ch’ü Ch'iupai (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1981), coeditor of Unofficial China: Popular Culture and Thought in the People's Republic (Boulder: Westview, 1989), coauthor of Chinese Village, Socialist State (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991), and coeditor of New Chinese Cinemas (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994).
Helen F. Siu is professor of anthropology at Yale University. She is the author of Agents and Victims in South China: Accomplices in Rural Revolution (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989), editor of Furrows: Peasants, Intellectuals and the State (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990), and coeditor (with David Faure) of Down to Earth: The Territorial Bond in South China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995).
David Strand is professor of political science and history at Dickinson College. He is the author of Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1989) and coeditor (with Kjeld Erik Br⊘dsgaard) of Reconstructing Twentieth Century China: State Control, Civil Society, and National Identity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).
Frederic Wakeman Jr. is the Haas Professor of Asian Studies and director of the Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent book is The Shanghai Badlands: Political Terrorism and Urban Crime, 1937–1941 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996).
David Derwei Wang is professor of Chinese literature at Columbia University. His recent publications include Fictional Realism in 20th Century China: Mao Dun, Lao She, Shen Congwen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1992), Narrating China: Chinese Fiction from the Late Qing to the Contemporary Era (Xiaoshuo Zhongguo: Wangqing dao dangdai de Zhongwen xiaoshuo) (Taipei: Ryefield Publication Company, 1993), and Finde-Siècle Splendor: Repressed Modernities of Late Qing Fiction, 1849–1911 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997).
Wang Hui, a senior research fellow of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, is one of the founders and chief editors of the journal Xueren (Scholar) and is editor in chief of Dushu (Reading) magazine. He has been pursuing research in Chinese intellectual history and Chinese literature since the 1980s. He is the author of Fankang juewang (Fighting despair: A study of Lu Xun and his literary world) (Taibei: Jiuda wenhua gufeng youxian gongsi, 1990; Shanghai: Shanghai renmin chubanshe, 1991), Wudi panghuang (Hesitating on nothingness: "May Fourth" and
Wen-hsin Yeh is professor of history and chair of the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990) and Provincial Passages: Culture, Space, and the Origins of Chinese Communism (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1996). Her current research is focused on the urban history of modern Shanghai.