Late imperial and modern China (18th to 21st centuries)
Office: Harris Hall #329
Melissa Macauley (Ph.D. Berkeley, 1993) specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese history. Her research interests include social history and legal culture; the port culture of the South China Seas region; the problem of transnational crime in the context of migration and trade; and the transformation of non-Western law in the age of colonialism and imperialism. Her first book, Social Power and Legal Culture: Litigation Masters in Late Imperial China (1998) was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book in 1999. Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), among others. She has also served as the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Studies at Harvard University; a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ); and a Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Qing History at Renmin (People's) University (Beijing). She is currently working on a book titled Crime and Migration in the South China Seas, 1854-1937. She was awarded a Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999 and named a Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence in 2004.