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Richard J. Smith, George and Nancy Rupp 

Professor of Humanities and Professor of History  

Phone: x2552 
Office: 322 Humanities

Education: Ph.D. University of California-Davis, 1972    

Areas of Interest: Chinese history and culture; comparative/global history 

Research and Teaching: My research and teaching interests continue to be primarily in Chinese intellectual and social history, as well as comparative history (China and Japan) 
My most recently published book, Mapping China and Managing the World: Cosmology, Cartography and Culture in Late Imperial Times appeared in November of 2012 as part of the Routledge Press series titled Asia's Transformations/Critical Asian Scholarship
Another of my books, also published in 2012, is The I Ching: A Biography. This appears in the Princeton University Press series titled “The Lives of Great Religious Books” .
My other recently published books include: Fathoming the Cosmos and Ordering the World: The Yijing (I-Ching, or Classic of Changes) and Its Evolution in China (University of Virginia Press, 2008) and a co-edited volume (with Nanxiu Qian and Grace Fong) titled Different Worlds of Discourse: Transformations of Gender and Genre in Late Qing and Early Republican China (Brill, 2008.)

I am currently working on two book projects: (1) A globally oriented and extensively revised third edition of my 1994 book China’s Cultural Heritage: The Qing Dynasty, 1644-1912, and (2) a monograph tentatively titled Marking Time and Mapping Change: Aspects of Popular Science in Late Imperial China

A note on graduate studies: I am no longer serving as the principal dissertation adviser for graduate students. I do, however, occasionally teach graduate courses in the History Department, and I will continue to serve as an examiner or member of a dissertation committee if the field is appropriate, as I have in the departments of History, English, Political Science, Anthropology, Religious Studies and Music.


Curriculum Vitae

Current  CV


Chao Center for Asian Studies

Chinese Encyclopedias

Yijing (Classic of Changes)