Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Liping Wang has recently completely her dissertation at the University of Chicago. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of political sociology, comparative historical sociology, ethnic studies, social theory and the history of modern China in global context. In addition to her dissertation project on the unique structure of the Chinese imperial system and the patterns of Mongol-Han interaction in different localities, she has conducted extensive research on the growth of familial ties, state capacity and territorial annexation in the early Qing empire, comparing these trends to those in early modern Europe. She has also worked diligently to investigate the motley system of social scientific knowledge of ethnicity in Republican China. At the University of Chicago, she has taught various courses focusing on the topics of ethnicity, nationalism, empire and colonialism, particularly from a comparative perspective.