Asian History; Chinese History; Social and Cultural History; Political History; Transnational History; World History; Urban History
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 continue to explore how twentieth-century Chinese literature reflects and represents history and am translating a novel about the experience of war written in western China in the late 1940s. As part of the Global Urban History Project, I study comparative urban reform movements worldwide, with a particular interest in the history of housing and policing in modern China.
The Modern City in Asia. Cambridge Elements, Global Urban History series. July 2022.
Fact in Fiction: 1920’s China and Ba Jin’s Family. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016.
司昆仑, 巴金《家》中的历史：1920年代的成都社会. 四川文艺出版社, 2019. Chinese edition of Fact in Fiction.
Civilizing Chengdu: Chinese Urban Reform, 1895-1937. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2000.
司昆仑, 新政之后：警察、军阀与文明进程中的成都 (1895-1937). 四川文艺出版社, 2020. Chinese edition of Civilizing Chengdu.
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.
“Liberation: A View from the Southwest,” in the Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Revolution, New York: Routledge, 2019: 60-73.
“Ba Jin’s Fiction and The Family,” in the Routledge Handbook of Modern Chinese Literature, New York: Routledge, 2019: 48-58.
“Fiction: A Passport to the Asian Past,” Education About Asia 23, no. 3 (Winter 2018): 11-14.
“The Future of China’s Past,” in the Sage Handbook of Contemporary China, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2018: vol. 2, 1208-1226.
Xuzhi Zhan and Kristin Stapleton. “Reborn from the Ruins: Urbanization by State Plan.” In Confronting the Challenges of Urbanization in China: Insights from Social Science Perspectives, edited by Zai Liang, Steven F. Messner, Youqin Huang, and Cheng Chen, 25–38. New York: Routledge, 2017.
“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.
“The Urbanization of Chinese Fiction,” The Metropole: The Official Blog of the Urban History Association, December 2018.