Norman Kutcher is a historian of late imperial and modern China at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He was an M.A./Ph.D. student at Yale from 1985 to 1991. He is the author of Mourning in Late Imperial China: Filial Piety and the State (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and, recently, of Eunuch and Emperor in the Great Age of Qing Rule (Published by the University of California Press, 2018). Kutcher has spent many years rummaging through Chinese archives in search of documents and hunting down evidence about the Chinese past in the city of Beijing. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Asian Studies, The Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, and The American Historical Review, among other venues. His work has been supported by the Mellon Foundation and by the American Council of Learned Societies. He has been a Senior Research Scholar at the Qing History Institute of Renmin University; a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ; and a Fellow of the National Humanities Center.

Last Updated: February 3, 2022



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