Jin Jiang is a professor of modern Chinese history at East China Normal University in Shanghai, where she focuses her research on the 20th century, with special interest in the history of Chinese women, popular culture, and urban Shanghai. In addition to publishing numerous articles and editing multivolume anthologies, Jiang is the author of Women Playing Men: Yue Opera and Social Change in Twentieth-Century Shanghai (University of Washington Press, 2009).
During her tenure at the Radcliffe Institute, Jiang will work on her second book project, tentatively titled “The City and the Revolution: Shanghai under the Communists.” She intends to uncover a history of conflict between a cosmopolitan city and its hinterland Communist conquests that shaped and continues to shape modernity for the city and the Chinese nation in important ways.
Jiang holds a PhD in history from Stanford University and an MA and BA in history from East China Normal University in Shanghai. She taught at Vassar College for many years before returning to Shanghai to take up her current position. Jiang is the recipient of many awards, including a grant from the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, a grant for research in the social sciences from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, a Shanghai Pujiang Talent Plan award, and a Shanghai Social Sciences Research Fund. Jiang is also a visiting scholar at the Harvard-Yenching Institute in 2011–2012.