After growing up in the Minnesota, Lane J. Harris attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where he received a B.A. in History. Upon graduation, Harris was selected by the United Board for Higher Education in China to teach English at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, Jilin, China for a year. Returning to the United States, Harris attended Washington University in Saint Louis where he earned a Master's degree in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Republican era (1911-1949) Chinese history. For his Ph.D., Harris attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focused on late imperial and Republican Chinese postal history. After spending a year in Nanjing researching postal history at the Second Historical Archives of China, Harris returned to the United States and moved to Ellensburg, Washington where he taught World History. He was hired by Furman University in 2009.
Experience in Asia
- Taught English as a Second Language at Northeast Normal University (東北師範大學), 1998-1999.
- Junior Fellow at the IInstitute for International Research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (南京大学-约翰斯·霍普金斯大学中美文化研究中心), Nanjing, People's Republic of China, Fall 2006.
- Archival Research at the Second Historical Archives of China (第二歷史檔案館), Nanjing, 2006-07.
- Co-led the Summer in China Experience, Summer 2011.
- Led the Fall in China Study Abroad Semester Program, Suzhou, China, 2012.
- Various other short trips in China