Tobie Meyer-Fong

Tobie Meyer-Fong


PhD, Stanford University

Gilman 330C
On Leave Fall 2021
Curriculum Vitae

Tobie Meyer-Fong, professor of history and director of East Asian Studies, received her bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1989 and her doctoral degree from Stanford University in 1998. She served as editor of the journal Late Imperial China from March 2007-December 2018.

Professor Meyer-Fong is broadly interested in the history of China from 1600 to the present.  Her previous work draws upon a wide range of sources to explore responses to war in the 17th and 19th centuries.  Her recent research deals with a survivor of the Taiping civil war who circumnavigated the globe in 1876 and on recollections of childhood in the Zhoushan archipelago during the 1940s from the vantage point of both subsequent immigration and the island's rapid 21st century urbanization.  She has also been working on images of the Qing dynasty (and the Chinese past more generally) in contemporary China.

Prof. Meyer-Fong’s undergraduate courses at Hopkins include a broad survey of China’s early history (Neolithic to Song), a survey of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and a comparative survey on National Identity in 20th-Century China and Japan. She also offers upper-level seminars such as Women and Modern Chinese History, Monuments and Memory in Asian History, and Late Imperial China: History and Fantasy.

Her graduate seminars include a methods course, Reading Qing Documents, and topics courses such as Cultural Histories of Late Imperial and Modern China.

Professor Meyer-Fong’s second book, What Remains: Coming to Terms with Civil War in Nineteenth-Century China, deals with the devastating emotional, cultural, and social impact of the Taiping rebellion. Her first book, Building Culture in Early Qing Yangzhou, describes the construction of cultural landmarks and the re-creation of elite identities in the city of Yangzhou after the Manchu conquest. Fudan University Press published a translation of Building Culture under the title Qingchu Yangzhou wenhua in 2004.  A Chinese translation of What Remains  has been prepared and will hopefully be published soon.  Recent articles include: 

“To Know the Enemy: The Zei qing huizuan, Military Intelligence, and the Taiping Civil War,” T’oung-pao, 104 (2018) 384-423.

“Neizhan, geming yichan yu Zhongguo yuanlin (translation of “Civil War, Revolutionary Heritage, and the Chinese Garden),” Jiangnan shehui lishi pinglun, Pan Shuyue, trans., vol. 10 (2017), pp. 103-124.

“Where the War Ended:  Violence, Community, and Commemoration in China’s 19th Century Civil War,” American Historical Review. 120: 5 (December 2015) pp. 1724-1738.

“Civil War, Revolutionary Heritage, and The Chinese Garden,” Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review, E-Journal #13 (December 2014), pp. 75-98.  ​