William C. KIRBY
T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies
Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration
Director, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies
Chair, Harvard China Fund
William C. Kirby is T. M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University and Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. He is a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. He serves as Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Chairman of the Harvard China Fund.
A historian of modern China, Professor Kirby's work examines China's business, economic, and political development in an international context. He has written on the evolution of modern Chinese business (state-owned and private); Chinese corporate law and company structure; the history of freedom in China; the international socialist economy of the 1950s; relations across the Taiwan Strait; and China's relations with Europe and America. His current projects include case studies of contemporary Chinese businesses and a comparative study of higher education in China, Europe, and the United States.
Before coming to Harvard in 1992, he was Professor of History, Director of Asian Studies, and Dean of University College at Washington University in St. Louis. At Harvard, he has served as Chair of the History Department, Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. As Dean, he led Harvard's largest school, with 10,000 students, 1,000 faculty members, 2,500 staff, and an annual budget of $1 billion.
As Dean he initiated major reforms in undergraudate education in Harvard College; enhanced Harvard's international studies at home and abroad; increased substantially financial aid in the College and in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; supported the growth of the Division (now School) of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and oversaw the construction of major new buildings in the Life Sciences, Engineering, and the Arts. During his tenure, the Faculty expanded at its most rapid rate since the 1960s.
Professor Kirby holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and (Dr. Phil. Honoris Causa) the Free University of Berlin. He is Honorary Professor at Fudan University, Chongqing University, Peking University, Nanjing University, East China Normal University, and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences. He has held appointments also as Visiting Professor at University of Heidelberg and the Free University of Berlin. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Edward Kwan Yiu Chen
Distinguished Fellow, Centre of Asian Studies
The University of Hong Kong
A renowned economist and a pioneer in the study of Asia’s new industrialized economies, Professor Edward Chen has published two major books and more than 100 articles in academic journals. He is also the editor and contributor of many volumes of collected essays.
Educated at Hong Kong University (B.A. and M.Soc.Sc.), and Oxford University (D.Phil.), Professor Chen was from 1995 to 2007 President of Lingnan University, and from 1979 to 1995 Director of the Centre of Asian Studies at Hong Kong University, of which he is now a Distinguished Fellow.
Professor Chen also has an eminent record of public service, including appointments as a member of the Legislative Council in 1991 and 1992, a member of the Executive Council from 1992 to 1997, Chairman of the Consumer Council from 1991 to 1997, and Founding Chairman of the Press Council, 2000 to 2007.
Professor Chen was appointed J.P. in 1993 and awarded C.B.E. in 1995 and the Gold Bauhinia Star in 2003. Professor Chen was honored with an honorary Social Sciences doctorate by Hong Kong University in March 2008, in recognition of his significant contributions to academia and Hong Kong.
著有《唐代江南農業的發展》、《發展與制約：明清江南生產力研究》、《Agricultural Development in the Yangzi Delta,1620-1850》、《江南的早期工業化：1550－1850》、《理論、方法與發展趨勢：中國經濟史研究新探》、《多視角看歷史：南宋後期至清代中期的江南經濟》、《中國早期的近代經濟—1820年代華亭-婁縣地區GDP研究》等專著。
Chair Professor, Division of Humanities
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Bozhong Li is Chair Professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was one of the first few persons who had earned their Ph. D. degrees in History in PRC after 1949. He worked in different academic institutions, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, University of Michigan, University of California – Los Angeles, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Humanities Center, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science, L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, University of Tokyo, Keio University, Acamica Sinica. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of IEHA and Honorable Fellow of Toyo Bunko.
He has been working in Chinese economic history and published 8 books in the field, including Tangdai Jiangnan nongye de fazhan (Agricultural development in the Yangzi Delta during the Tang times) (Beijing, 1990, 2009); Agricultural Development in Jiangnan, 1620-1850 (London & New York, 1998), Jiangnan de zaoqi gongyehua, 1550-1850 (Early industrialization in the Yangzi Delta, 1550-1850) (Beijing, 2000, 2009), Fazhan yu Zhiyue: Ming-Qing Jiangnan shengchanli jingjishi yanjiu (Development and its limitations: a study of productive forces in the Yangzi Delta during the Ming-Qing times) (Taipei, 2002), Lilun, fangfa yu fazhan qushi: Zhongguo jingjishi yajiu xin tansuo (Theories, methods and trends of disciplinary development: a new approach to Chinese economic history) (Beijing, 2002, Seoul, 2006), Duo shijiao kan Jiangnan jingjishi, 960-1850 (economic history of the Yangzi Delta in multiple perspectives, 960-1850), Zhongguo de zaoqi jindai jingji—1820 niandai Huating-Louxian diqu GDP yanjiu (China’s early modern economy: A Study of GDP of the Huating-Lou area, 1820s) (Beijing, 2010).