Dr Shirley Ye


Lecturer in Asian History

Department of History


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I am a global historian with research and teaching interests in modern China.


  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, New York University
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley


I teach a first-year practicing history module on ‘Tiananmen 1989: Origins, Movement, and Memory.’ I convene and lecture on the first-year module ‘The Making of the Contemporary World, 1800-Present.’ For the second-year I teach a second-year option on ‘China Since 1800’ and lead a year-long second-year group research on ‘God’s Chinese Son: The Taiping Rebellion, 1850-1864’ for which students conduct primary source research. Additionally, I co-lecture and teach seminars on the ‘History in Theory and Practice’ module, bringing an emphasis on theoretical, global, and comparative perspectives. For the third year I supervise dissertations on a range of topics relating to modern China, particularly in a global context. I contribute seminars to the Global History MA.

Postgraduate supervision

I would be happy to offer postgraduate supervision on any aspect of modern China. Please feel free to be in touch about your postgraduate study plans.


My research and teaching interests are in environmental history, cities, science and technology, frontier and transnational history, historiography, cultural studies, and gender. I have research experience in archives in China, Taiwan, USA, Germany, Britain, and France. My work has been supported by Fulbright-IIE, DAAD, Fulbright-Hays DDRA, the Taiwan Fellowship MOFA, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Fairbank Center.


  • “Business, Water, and the Global City: Germany, Europe, and China, 1820-1950.” PhD thesis, Harvard University, 2013.

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