Leo K. Shin

Short Curriculum Vitae

Brief biography

Positions

  • Associate Professor, University of British Columbia (2008–)
  • Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (2001–2008)
  • Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University (1999–2001)
  • Instructor, Simon Fraser University (1996–99)
  • Lecturer and Mellon Fellow, Columbia University (1995–96)
  • Education and Political Reporter, Hongkong Standard (1989-90)

Education

  • Ph.D., East Asian Studies, Princeton University (1999)
  • A.B., Chemistry (cum laude), Princeton University (1989)

Research Interests

  • Imperial and modern China
  • Texts and textual transmission
  • "China" and "Chineseness"
  • Borderlands and boundaries
  • Historiography and methodology
  • Comparative early modern societies
  • Culture and society of Hong Kong

    Please see Research page for further information.

Work in Progress

Recollecting a Chinese Hero: The Lives of Yue Fei (1103–42)

The Story of the Story of Hong Kong

"The Limits of All-Under-Heaven" (chapter manuscript)

Books

The Making of the Chinese State: Ethnicity and Expansion on the Ming Borderlands (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).

Editor, Dang dai xi fang Han xue yan jiu ji cui: Zhong gu shi juan 當代西方漢學研究集萃·中古史卷 [Selected contemporary Western scholarship on Chinese studies: The Mid-Ancient Period]. Shanghai: Shanghai gu ji chu ban she 上海古籍出版社, 2012.

Articles/Book Chapters

"Re-Collecting Yue Fei: Yue Ke, Jintuo cui bian, and the Making of a Chinese Hero." In Representing Lives in China, ed. Ihor Pidhainy, Roger Des Forges, and Grace S. Fong (under review).

"The 'National Question' and the Stories of Hong Kong." In Hong Kong Culture and Society in the New Millennium: Hong Kong as Method external link icon, edited by Stephen Yiu-wai Chu, 129–48. Singapore: Springer.

"Qian yan pdf icon" 前言 [Introduction]. In Dang dai xi fang Han xue yan jiu ji cui: Zhong gu shi juan 當代西方漢學研究集萃·中古史卷 [Selected contemporary Western scholarship on Chinese studies: The Mid-Ancient Period], 1–14. Shanghai: Shanghai gu ji chu ban she, 2012.

"Thinking about 'Non-Chinese' in Ming China pdf icon." In Antiquarianism and Intellectual Life in Europe and China, 1500–1800 external link icon, ed. Peter Miller and François Louis, 289–309. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.

"The Nation and Its Logic in Early-Twentieth-Century China pdf icon." In Journal of the Canadian Historical Association external link icon (digital edition) 18.2 (2007 [published in 2008]): 104–22.

"Ming China and Its Border with Annam pdf icon." In The Chinese State at the Borders external link icon, ed. Diana Lary, 91–104. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007.

"The Last Campaigns of Wang Yangming pdf icon." T'oung Pao external link icon 92.1–3 (2006): 101–28.

"Chinese Urbanization pdf icon." In Encyclopedia of Social History external link icon, ed. Peter Stearns, 169–70. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1994.

Reviews

Review of Ming China and Vietnam: Negotiating Borders in Early Modern Asia external link icon, by Kathlene Baldanza (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016). American Historical Review external link icon 122.4 (2017): 1196–97.

Review of The Blacks of Premodern China pdf icon, by Don J. Wyatt (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009). Ming Studies external link icon 69 (2014): 60–62.

Review of The Mandate of Heaven and the Great Ming Code pdf icon, by Jiang Yonglin (Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2010). Journal of Chinese Religions external link icon 40.1 (2013): 108–110.

Review of Speaking to History: The Story of King Goujian in Twentieth-Century China pdf icon, by Paul A. Cohen. China Information external link icon 23.3 (2009): 507–508.

Review of Reconfiguring Chinese Nationalism: How the Qing Frontier and Its Indigenes Became Chinese pdf icon, by James Leibold. China Information external link icon 22.3 (2008): 500–502.

Review of Unbounded Loyalty: Frontier Crossings in Liao China pdf icon, by Naomi Standen. The International History Review external link icon 29.4 (2007): 848–50.

Review of Cultural Centrality and Political Change in Chinese History: Northeast Henan in the Fall of the Ming pdf icon, by Roger Des Forges. Canadian Journal of History external link icon 39.2 (2004): 412–14.

Review of 1421: The Year China Discovered the World, by Galvin Menzies. The Dalhousie Review external link icon 84.2 (2004): 319–21.

Review of Blood and History in China: The Donglin Factions and Its Repression pdf icon, by John W. Dardess. Pacific Affairs external link icon 76.2 (2003): 291–92.

Review of Xu Xiake (1587–1641): The Art of Travel Writing pdf icon, by Julian Ward. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient external link icon 46.2 (2003): 247–48.

Review of The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China pdf icon, by Timothy Brook. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient external link icon 43.2 (2000): 213–15.

Review of Beyond the Neon Lights: Everyday Shanghai in the Early Twentieth Century pdf icon, by Hanchao Lu. Canadian Journal of History external link icon 35.3 (2000): 614–16.

Review of Soulstealers: the Chinese Sorcery Scare of 1768, by Philip Kuhn. Xin shi xue 新史學 external link icon [New History] (Taipei) 3.4 (1992): 161–67.

Commentaries/Interviews

"Can Carrie Lam heal a deeply divided Hong Kong? external link icon" Vancouver Sun, 24 April 2017.

"Hong Kongers 'At Odds Over Tactics, Not Goals' of Pro-Democracy Protests external link icon." Deutsche Welle, 26 November 2014.

"Radical Actions May Undermine Public Support for HK Protests external link icon." Deutsche Welle, 3 October 2014. .

"He Did His Best external link icon." Sing Tao Daily 星島日報 (Vancouver), 29 January 2013.

"愛國未必無罪 external link icon" [It may not be innocent to love one’s country]. Sing Tao Daily, 16 October 2012.

"「集體回憶」與「核心價值」 external link icon" ["Collective memory" and "core values"]. Sing Tao Daily, 15 May 2012.

"從胡適到柴玲 external link icon" [From Hu Shi to Chai Ling]. Sing Tao Daily, 13 March 2012.

"還要紀念辛亥嗎?external link icon" [Should we still commemorate the Xin hai revolution?]. Sing Tao Daily, 15 November 2011.

"大災過後 external link icon" [In the wake of the disasters]. Sing Tao Daily, 29 March 2011.

"再見,南丫島 external link icon" [Goodbye, Lamma Island]. Sing Tao Daily, 14 December 2010.

"課內課外話北美漢學——加拿大單國鉞教授訪談錄 pdf icon" [Discussion of Sinology in North America—a conversation with Professor Leo Shin], by Li Huiling 李會玲. Wuhan da xue xue bao external link icon 武漢大學學報(人文科學版)[Journal of Wuhan University (Humanistic Sciences)] 63.6 (2010): 659–65.

"「大歷史」與「小歷史」external link icon" ["Macro history" and "micro history"]. Sing Tao Daily, 17 August 2010.

"卑大中國研究之始 external link icon" [The beginning of China studies at UBC]. Sing Tao Daily, 23 March 2010.

"講授中國歷史的挑戰 external link icon" [The challenges of teaching Chinese history]. Sing Tao Daily, 24 November 2009.

"史學與道德 external link icon" [Historical studies and ethics]. Sing Tao Daily, 23 June 2009.

Grants and Awards

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada) Standard Research Grant (2008–11)
  • Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Research Grant (2007–09)
  • President's Research Grant, Simon Fraser University (1999)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University (1995–97)
  • Young Scholar's Fellowship, China Times Cultural Foundation (1994–95)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)/Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation (1993–94)
  • Marjory Chadwick Buchanan Senior Thesis Prize, East Asian Studies, Princeton University (1989)
    Thesis title: "Alchemy in Elizabethan England and Late Ming China"