Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Emily Hill Hillemily.JPG

Associate Professor
Modern China, East Asia, Environmental History


E-mail: emily.hill@queensu
Phone: 613-533-6000, ext: 74376
Office: Watson Hall 239



PhD, Cornell University, 1996


Professor Emily Hill is a specialist on the history of China during the twentieth century. Her main area of research has been China’s political and economic development during the period 1931-37. Her new project on the political economy of agriculture examines land reform programs in relation to the industrialization of agriculture in mainland China and Taiwan since the 1950s.

Since July 1, 2015, Professor Hill has coordinated the Semester in Shanghai program, an Arts and Science undergraduate exchange to Fudan University, Shanghai. She was a founder of the program when it was established in 2005.

Professor Hill's undergraduate courses include:

Modern East Asia (HIST 318)
China since 1800 (HIST 299)
Contemporary China (HIST 270)
Environmental History (HIST 257)

Combined graduate-undergraduate courses:

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

Graduate course:

Global Agrarian and Environmental History (HIST 818)

Principal fields for graduate supervision:Modern and contemporary China, global environmental history.


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: The 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.

“Toxics in China” (Review Essay). Social Justice. Special Issue: Bhopal and After: The Chemical Industry as Toxic Capitalism Vol. 41.1-2 (December 2014).