Eugenia Y. Lean
|Department||East Asian Lang-Cult|
|Phone||+1 212 854 1742|
Mail Code: 3907
Eugenia Lean, associate professor (EALAC), received her B.A. from Stanford University (1990), and her M.A. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) from UCLA. She is interested in a broad range of topics in late imperial and modern Chinese history with a particular focus on the history of emotions and gender, law and media, as well as consumer culture, science, and urban society. She is also interested in issues of historiography and critical theory in the study of East Asia. Her first book, a study of sentimental political participation by a mass public surrounding a sensational trial, is entitled Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Nineteen Thirties China (UC Press, 2007), and was awarded by the American Historical Association the 2007 John K. Fairbank prize for the best book in modern East Asian history. Her current project, titledGlobal Soap, Local Desires: Industrial Modernity and Cultural Ambivalence in Modern China, focuses on the material object of modern soap to explore the impact of industrial modernity, science, and commerce on everyday life in modern China.