Chinese Studies at UCLA: Highlights of the Progam
The program has had great diversity for the study of post-1949 China,
Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Richard Baum and James Tong specialize in
contemporary Chinese politics in the Department of Political Science;
Nancy Levine on Tibet and Yunxiang Yan on China in Anthropology;
Cameron Campbell in Sociology; Philip Huang in contemporary legal,
social and economic history; Theodore Huters, Shu-mei Shih, and
Richard Strassberg in literature; Cindy Fan in Geography; Helen
Rees in Ethnomusicology; and Randall Peerenboom and Arthur Rosett
in the Law School.
Literary and Cultural Studies
With Theodore Huters, David Schaberg, Shu-mei Shih, and Richard
Strassberg, UCLA is a major center for the study
of Chinese literature in all periods: classical
literary criticism (Schaberg), traditional fiction and drama (Richard
Strassberg), and modern and contemporary literature (Huters, Shih).
The faculty’s wide-ranging interests and expertise in literary
and cultural studies, and in intellectual history provide an important
resource for graduate training. John Duncan and Peter H. Lee provide
additional faculty strength in the comparative study of Korean literature
and history, as do Seiji Lippit, Michael F. Marra, and Herbert Plutschow
in Japanese literature and history. In addition, students benefit
from the concentration of faculty in the southern California area
for the comparative study of Chinese literature.
Hui-shu Lee in the Department of Art History lends the program
strength in the history of Chinese painting, later Chinese art,
and comparative art history. Providing a comparative perspective
are Burglind Jungmann in Korean art history, Ronald L. Brown in
Southeast Asian art history, and Donald McCallum in Japanese art
The recent addition of Hongyin Tao provides the program with a
specialist in linguistics and the history of the Chinese language.
The graduate program in Chinese history includes four faculty
members in the Department of History: Kathryn Bernhardt work on
social, legal, and women’s history from 1500; Philip Huang concentrates on the social, economic, and legal history
of the same period; and Richard von Glahn works in the social, cultural,
and economic history of China from 1000 to 1800. Students may also
take a field or courses with faculty at nearby institutions. The
faculty in Chinese studies works especially closely with outstanding
faculty at UCLA in related fields, including Fred Notehelfer, Herman
Ooms, Miriam Silverberg, and Sharon Traweek in Japanese history;
John Duncan in Korean history; and George Dutton, Vinay Lal, Geoffrey Robinson, and Michael Salman in South and Southeast
Religious Studies & Ancient China
Robert Buswell, William Bodiford, Gregory Shoppen, and Jonathan Silk in the
East Asian Languages and Cultures Department provide guidance for
the study of the Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and Korean Buddhist
traditions. Hung-hsiang Chou works in Chinese archaeology and epigraphy.
Lothar von Falkenhausen offers special strength in archaeology and
art history, and David Schaberg combines a mastery of ancient classical
and historical texts with expertise in comparative literature.