Qian Zhu
Assistant Professor of History at Duke Kunshan University

As a historian of modern China and a theorist of everyday life, my research is on the intellectual history of China since the late 19th century onwards. I am particularly interested in how Chinese non-Marxist leftists understood everyday life and conceptualized it in regards of human emancipation, modernization, democracy and mass politics in the early 20th century. Beyond my specific field of modern China, I am working through feminism and gender, cultural politics, the theory of everyday life, urban studies and labor history. My second book project in particular looks into coal and fuel culture that emerged in China in the 20th century and how it relates to workplace safety, occupational disease control, and the popular education of coal and fuel industry. 

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