Shuang Chen received her Ph.D degree in history from University of Michigan in 2009. She joined the Department of History in Fall 2010. She specializes in the social, economic, and political 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. In her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Where Urban Migrants Met Rural Settlers: State Categories, Social Boundaries, and Wealth Stratification in Northeast China, 1815-1913,” she integrates quantitative and qualitative approaches to reconstruct the settlement history and the subsequent evolution of inequality in land ownership in Shuangcheng County, Heilongjiang. Through her dissertation, she explores the characteristics of social stratification in traditional China.
Currently, Shuang Chen is working on a book manuscript on interactions between wealth stratification, demographic processes, and institutional context that is based on her Ph.D dissertation.
Professor Chen teaches the following courses:
- HIST:2602 (016:005) Civilizations of Asia: China
- HIST:4650 (16W:197) Chinese history from 1600 to 1927
- HIST:2151 (16W:051) Colloquium for History Majors: Love and Friendship in Chinese Culture
- Rackham Humanities Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Michigan (2008-09).
- Rackham Humanities Research Candidacy Fellowship, University of Michigan (2007-08).
- The Barbour Scholarship, University of Michigan (2006-07).
- The Peking-American School Fellowship in Traditional Chinese Studies (2006).