Elya
       Jun
          Zhang
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Assistant Professor
Department of History

University of Rochester
364 Rush Rhees Library
Rochester NY 14627

Phone:585-275-9358
ezhang3@mail.rochester.edu

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      I grew up in Fujian province, the greenest part of southeast coastal China, but became a big city girl at Renmin University in Beijing. I moved on to sunny San Diego and got my doctorate at that branch of the University of California in 2008. After a year of postdoctoral training at Harvard University, I started teaching at Fordham University and had a fair affair with New York City. But Rochester has now opened a new door for me, behind which lies a path toward family life as well as becoming an economic historian. My primary book project, titled Webs of Power, focuses on the personal networks of three governors who led China on the path of deficit spending during the first fifteen years of the twentieth century. My side project takes on the theme of sovereignty and solvency, examining China’s three defaults of foreign loans in 1921, 1937, and 1949. I enjoy good food, cooking, and running, not necessarily in that order.

Research Interests:
Network studies. History of foreign loan

Teaching Interests:
East Asia in global history. Political economy of modern China

Readings of the Month, December 2010

American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (Vantage Books, 2006).

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, by Nicolas Carr (Norton, 2010).