Joshua Hill received his PhD in history from Harvard University. Inspired by his experiences living in Ningbo, Zhejiang and Changsha, Hunan during the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Hill’s research focuses on the circulation and adaptation of political ideas and attitudes in modern China. His current project examines how elections (a surprisingly frequent activity in 20th century China) shaped both popular and elite understandings of politics from the final years of China’s last imperial dynasty to the early days of Communist rule. Future scholarly projects include an exploration of the political, cultural, and economic significance of guns in modern Chinese history. Further information about Dr. Hill’s academic interests can be found at http://harvard.academia.edu/JoshuaHill.
Dr. Hill will spend the 2012-13 academic year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Chinese Studies. At Berkeley, he will be revising his manuscript, “Voting as a Rite: Changing Ideas of Elections in Early Twentieth Century China,” for publication.
Beginning in fall 2013, Dr. Hill will teach introductory courses on modern East Asian history, as well as more specialized classes on Chinese history, at OU.