Modern China, urban politics and administration, the history of Chinese family life, Chinese socialism, humor in history, the place of non-U.S. history in American intellectual life
I have just completed a book on the 1931 best-selling novel Jia (Family) by the Chinese New Culture activist and anarchist Ba Jin, comparing how the novel represents the city and people at its center to what we can learn about them from historical records. I am beginning work on a study of how socialism came to be understood in urban China in the 1950s.
Fact in Fiction: 1920’s China and Ba Jin’s Family. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016
Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2000.
Kenneth Hammond and Kristin Stapleton, eds. The Human Tradition in Modern China. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, December 2007.
Rhoads Murphey, with Kristin Stapleton. East Asia: A New History. Fifth ed. Pearson Longman, 2009.
P. Karan and Kristin Stapleton, eds. The Japanese City. Lexington, KY: The University Press of Kentucky, 1998.
“In Search of Frameworks for Productive Comparison of Cities in World History,” Journal of Modern Chinese History, Vol. 10, no. 2 (Fall 2016). DOI:10.1080/17535654.2016.1226020
“Urban Change And Modernity” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Chinese Studies. Ed. Tim Wright. New York: Oxford University Press, 22 April 2013.
“Chinese Cities, 1900 to the Present” in The Oxford Handbook of Cities in World History. Peter Clark, ed. Oxford University Press, 2013: 522-541.
“What I Wish My College Students Already Knew about PRC History,” Social Education, vol. 74, no. 1 (January/February 2010): 12-16.
“Generational and Cultural Fissures in the May Fourth Movement: Wu Yu (1872–1949) and the Politics of Family Reform.” In Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm: In Search of Chinese Modernity, edited by Kai-wing Chow, Tze-ki Hon, Hung-yok Ip, and Don C. Price, 131–48. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2008.
“Warfare and Modern Urban Administration in Chinese Cities.” In Cities in Motion: Interior, Coast, and Diaspora in Transnational China, edited by Sherman Cochran and David Strand, 53–78. Berkeley: University of California East Asian Institute, 2008.
“Beijing, Olympic City,” Journal of Urban History, vol. 24, no. 6 (September 2008): 1013-102
“State of the Field: Chinese Urban History.” Co-written with Liu Haiyan of the Tianjin Academy of Social Sciences. Special issue on Chinese urban studies, China Information XX (3), 2006.
“Hu Lanqi: Rebellious Woman, Revolutionary Soldier, Discarded Heroine, Triumphant Survivor.” Kenneth Hammond and Kristin Stapleton, eds. The Human Tradition in Modern China. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007.