Margherita Zanasi

Margherita Zanasi

231C Himes Hall


Courses Taught

Modern China; Gender and Sexuality in East Asia; Rebellion and Popular Protest in Twentieth-Century China,; East Asia Civilization since 1800; Globalization; History of Capitalism since 1500; The Cultural Revolution in History and Memory; and Modernity, Nation and Identity

Current Research Interests

Chinese history, economic thought, and intellectual exchange between China and the West.

Interested in Directing Theses On

Modern China and Economic Thought


Columbia University, Ph.D.

Awards and Honors

Tiger Athletic Foundation, Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2012.
ATLAS (September 2008-May 2009)
IEE Fulbright (May-August 2008)
Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies (September 2007-April 2008)
LSU Rainmaker Award (2008)
Center for Chinese Studies, Taipei (ROC) (May 15-August 15, 2004)
An Wang Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fairbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University (1996-1997)


Saving the Nation: Economic Modernity in Republican China, The University of Chicago Press, 2006.
Economic Thought in Modern China, c1500 - 1937, Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Life Along the Grand Canal: Trade and Society in Qing and Early-Republican China, 1644-1930s (in preparation)

Notable Articles

“Frugality and Luxury: Morality, Market, and Consumption in Late Imperial China,” Frontiers of History in China, vol. 10, no. 2 (September 2015), pp. 457-485.

“Frugal Modernity: Livelihood and Consumption in Modern China” (Journal of Asian Studies (forthcoming August 2015).

“Western Utopias, Missionary Economics, and the Chinese Village,” The Journal of World History. Vol. 24, no. 2, April 2013, pp. 359-387.

“Globalizing Hanjian: The Suzhou Trials and the Post-WWII Discourse on Collaboration.” American Historical Review, Vol. 113, no. 2, June 2008, pp. 731-751.

“Exporting Development: The League of Nations and Republican China.” Comparative Studies of Society and History, Vol. 49, no. 1, January 2007.