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Queen's University

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Associate Professor
Modern China, East Asia, Transnational China

Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74355
Fax: 613-533-6298
Office: Watson Hall 203


PhD, Cornell University, 1996


Emily Hill is a specialist on the history of China. She speaks Chinese fluently and bases her research in Chinese-language source materials. Her main area of research has been the political economy of China's Republican period, particularly 1931-37. She is also examining the origins of the war between China and Japan of 1937 to 1945 and the political economy of postwar Taiwan. Her interest in agricultural policy in the past has led to her new project on reforestation in contemporary China.

Professor Hill's undergraduate courses include:

Modern East Asia (History 318)
Imperial China (History 298)
China since 1800 (History 299)

Combined graduate-undergraduate courses:

China's revolutions, 1911-1949 (History 498/889)
China since 1949 (History 499/819)

Principal field for graduate supervision:  Modern and contemporary China


Smokeless Sugar: The death of a provincial bureaucrat and the construction of China's national economy. University of British Columbia Press, 2010. For the Introduction and a sample chapter, visit:

(In preparation) Chiang Kai-shek: Fifteen Critical Years, 1935 to 1950. An edited volume of papers presented at the workshop on "Re-assessing Chiang Kai-shek: An International Dialogue," convened at Queen's in August 2009.

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Updated 12 August 2011

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000