Shuang Chen received her B.A. and M.A. in history from Peking University, and Ph.D degree in history from the University of Michigan in 2009. She joined the Department of History in Fall 2010. She specializes in the social, economic, and legal history of late imperial and modern China. Her research interests include ethnicity, frontier settlement, population behavior, and social stratification.
In her work, Shuang Chen applies a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods to such central and local county archival documents as memorials, edicts, and court cases as well as a large number of population and land registers. Currently, Shuang Chen is working on a book manuscript on the social economic processes of inequality in agrarian communities in early modern China.
Professor Chen teaches the following courses:
- HIST:2602 Civilizations of Asia: China
- HIST:4650 Chinese history from 1600 to 1927
- HIST:4655 China since 1927
- HIST:2151 Colloquium for History Majors: Love and Friendship in Chinese Culture
- HIST:4653 Law and Society in Late Imperial and Modern China
- HIST:7606 Readings in Chinses History (graduate seminar)
2013-14, Faculty research grant, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Iowa.
2012-15, Subcontract for NICHHD grant “Multi-generational Demographic and Landholding Data: CMGPD-SC Public Release.” 1R01HD070985-01 (Dr. Cameron Campbell, University of California, Los Angeles, Principal Investigator).
2012-13, The Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation of International Scholarly Exchange, Junior Scholar Grant.
2013, The Flexible-load assignment, University of Iowa.
2012, The Old Gold Fellowship, University of Iowa.