Michael Szonyi is Frank Wen-hsiung Wu Professor of Chinese History and former Director of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard University. A historian of the Ming dynasty and the 20th century, his recent books include The Art of Being Governed: Everyday Politics in Late Imperial China (2017) and The China Questions II: Critical Insights into US-China Relations (co-edited with Maria Adele Carrai and Jennifer Rudolph, 2022). He is currently writing a history of rural China in the 20th century. He spent the fall semester of 2023 as Visiting Professor at Xiamen University.

Last Updated: February 2, 2024



What Will Newly Increased Party Control Mean for China’s Universities?

Sun Peidong, Daniel A. Bell & more
In January, Radio Free Asia reported that the Chinese Communist Party is “taking a direct role in the running of universities across the country” by merging the presidents’ offices with their Party committees. Ideological controls on universities...



Do American Companies Need to Take a Stance on Taiwan?

J. Michael Cole, Frances Kitt & more
China’s airline regulator recently sent a letter to 36 international air carriers requiring them to remove from their websites references implying that Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau are not part of China. In a surprisingly direct May 5 statement, the...