Joshua Hill

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 manuscript, “Voting as a Rite: Changing Ideas of Elections in Early Twentieth Century China,” examines how voting (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 During the 2013-14 academic year, Dr. Hill is teaching an introductory course on modern East Asian history (History 2460, offered both in the fall and in the spring), a survey course on late imperial Chinese history (History 3461, offered in the fall), and a survey course on twentieth and twenty-first century Chinese history (History 3462, offered in the spring).