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Emily M Hill


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.

Selected Publications


  • 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 resulting from a workshop on "Re-assessing Chiang Kai-shek: An International Dialogue," convened at Queen's.
  • “Toxics in China” (Review Essay). Social Justice. Special Issue: Bhopal and After: The Chemical Industry as Toxic Capitalism Vol. 41.1-2 (December 2014).
Graduate supervision

Professor Hill supervises MA and PhD students working on the history of China since the late nineteenth century. 

Department of History, Queen's University

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Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.