— Susan R. Fernsebner

I’m a historian of 19th and 20th c. China and an associate professor of History at the University of Mary Washington. My research interests include histories of colonialism and capitalism, global expositions, childhood and material culture. This website is a central locale for links related to ongoing projects, past endeavors, and related info.

Among my digital projects, I am editor of Gulou 鼓楼 (“Drum Tower”), a site for East Asia news and resources.

I am also Book Review Editor for the journal Twentieth-Century China. If you are interested in having a book considered for review, please forward it to my office address.

Recent & Upcoming Work

“Charting the Digital in Asian Studies: Promises, Realities, and the Future of Teaching and Research,” Panel Discussion, Association of Asian Studies Annual Meeting. Saturday, March 29, 2014. Philadelphia, PA.

“Teaching Critical Thinking in an Increasingly Digital Age: Strategies, Struggles, and Success Stories” – Roundtable Panel Participant, American Historical Association Annual Meeting. Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Washington, D.C.

“Play, Mischief, and Modern Subjectivity in China, 1919-1941.” Paper presentation for “At Play in the Space Between, 1914-1945″ conference, DePaul University, Chicago, 22 June 2013.

“儿童游戏:中华民国早期的娱乐观念” [Child’s Play: Notions of Amusement in Early Republican China] in 《儿童的发现—现代中国文学及文化中的儿童问题》,  Andrew Jones and Lanjun XU, eds. Peking University Press, 2011.

Expo 2010: A Historical Perspective,” The Journal of Asian Studies 69.3 (August 2010): 669-676.

Late Imperial China,” Teaching Module for Children and Youth in History, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.

Courses (Spr 2014)

Cultural History of Late 20th c. China

Modern China

Chinese History through Film

Asian Civilizations II