Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University
Lei Lin specializes in the pre-modern and early modern history of China, particularly the Qing empire (1644–1911), with a focus on frontiers and borderlands, inter-polity relations, Science, Technology and Society (STS), and the ways in which these issues informed empire-building projects. Using the paradigms of transnational history and empire studies, her research goes beyond the limits of modern nation-states and examines the position of the trans-Himalayan region in global history through a framework of comparative imperialism. Her research draws on materials in multiple languages, including Chinese, Manchu, Tibetan, and Nepali, collected through extensive archival research in Beijing, Taipei, Lhasa, and Kathmandu. She is currently completing her first book project, “The Limits of Empire: The Qing-Gurkha War, China’s Borderlands, and the Trans-Himalayan Paradigm, 1788-1850.”
Her research has been generously funded by the American Historical Association, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard Asia Center, the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, the Fung Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation.
Current Appointments & Affiliations
- Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University, DKU Faculty, Duke Kunshan University 2021
- Assistant Professor of the Practice, DKU Visiting Faculty, Duke University 2021
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