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, he attended Washington University in Saint Louis where he earned a Master's degree in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Republican (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 joined the faculty at Furman University in 2009.

Name Title Description

CHN-470

Chinese Studies Thesis

Guided research, translation, and writing on a topic in a field of Chinese Studies in which the student has had previous course work. The student will propose a thesis project to a faculty member in the field of Chinese Studies who by approving it becomes the thesis advisor.

HST-165

Ancient and Imperial China

The history of Chinese civilization from its origins to 1600. Topics include: ideals of cultural unity and division, classical philosophy, religious beliefs and practices, formation of imperial institutions, economic and intellectual revolutions, conflict and accommodation with neighboring peoples, and epic transformations of state and society.

HST-166

Modern China

China in the modern world. Examining major political, social and cultural transformations of the period from the late Qing dynasty to recent dramatic reforms in mainland China and on Taiwan.

HST-268

Twentieth Century China

Investigating, interpreting and debating China's turbulent twentieth century experience. Following an intensive introduction to Chinese history and approaches to historical analysis, students will embark upon an examination of the extraordinary political, social and cultural transformations of this century through a series of case studies structured largely around sets of primary source documents.

HST-315

Interpreting the Past

The historian's craft and how history scholars think about and interpret the past. Exploration of topics, questions and methodologies used to write about history through reading historical works from a variety of times and places.

Current research projects

  • Book manuscript, "The Post Office and State Formation in Modern China, 1896-1949."
  • From Official Gazette (官報) to Public Report (公報): The Evolution of Government Publications in Late Qing and Republican China, 1890-1937.
  • The Peking Gazette: A Primary Source Reader on Late Qing Politics.

Selected Publications

  • "Overseas Chinese Remittance Firms, the Limits of State Sovereignty, and Transnational Capitalism in East and Southeast Asia, 1850s-1930s," Journal of Asian Studies 74: 1 (February 2015), forthcoming.
  • "The 'Arteries and Veins' of the Imperial Body: The Nature of the Relay and Post Station Systems in the Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644," Journal of Early Modern History 19: 1 (forthcoming in 2015).
  • Translated with Mei Chun: Luo Zhitian, Inheritance Within Rupture: Culture and Scholarship in Early Twentieth Century China 裂变中的传承——20世纪前期的中国文化与学术 (New York: Brill, forthcoming in 2015).
  • "Baojia," "New Life Movement," "Postal and Post Station Systems," and "Romanization of Language" in Encyclopedia of Chinese History, edited by Michael Dillon (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
  • "From Democracy to Bureaucracy: The Baojia in Nationalist China, 1927-1949," Frontiers of History in China 8: 4 (Winter 2013): 517-557.
  • "The 1876 Chinese Post Office Riot in Singapore," International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 63 (Spring 2013): 5.
  • "Defining the Nationalist Party Center: The Text and Context of Gan Naiguang's Outline of Sun Wenism," Southeast Review of Asian Studies 34 (2012): 87-113.
  • "Baojia," "Green Gang," and "New Life Movement" in Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, edited by Cheng Linsun (Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2008), 158-60, 938-39, 1594-97.
  • "A 'Lasting Boon to All': A Note on the Postal Romanization of Place Names, 1896-1949," Twentieth-Century China 34: 1 (November 2008): 96-109.
  • "Standard Messages: Institutional Identity and Symbolism in Chinese Postal Flags, 1896-1949," Raven: A Journal of Vexillology 15 (2008): 81-106.
  • "Modern Times: The Meaning of Dates and Calendars in Modern China, 1895-1935," International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 49 (Summer 2008): 20.

Reviews

  • Chihyun Chang, Government, Imperialism and Nationalism in China: The Maritime Customs Service and its Chinese Staff (New York: Routledge, 2013) in China Review International, forthcoming.
  • David Kenley, Modern Chinese History (Ann Arbor: Association for Asian Studies, 2012) in American Review of China Studies 15: 2 (Fall 2013): 78-80.
  • Eugenia Lean, Public Passions: The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007) in China Review International 17: 3 (2010): 343-347.
  • Madeleine Zelin, The Merchants of Zigong: Industrial Entrepreneurship in Early Modern China (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005) in The Historian 69: 2 (Summer 2007): 365-366.
  • Donna Brunero, Britain's Imperial Cornerstone in China: The Chinese Maritime Customs Service, 1854-1949 (New York: RoutledgeCurzon, 2006) in China Review International 13: 2 (Fall 2006): 366-370.
  • Scott Simon, Tanners of Taiwan: Life Strategies and National Culture (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2005) in Pacific Affairs 79: 3 (Fall 2006): 533-535.
  • Sun Lung-kee, The Chinese National Character: From Nationhood to Individuality (Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe Incorporated, 2002) in China Review International 10: 2 (Fall 2003): 460-464.

Selected Conference Presentations & Invited Talks

  • "The Post Office and State Formation in World Historical Time," at the International Communication Association Preconference "Communications and the State: Toward a New International History," San Juan, Puerto Rico, 21 May 2015.
  • "Moving into the Frontier: The Relay System and Ming Empire in the Borderlands, 1368-1449," Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Chicago, 26-29 March 2015.
  • "The Networked Empire: British Postal Systems in Hong Kong and Treaty Port China, 1834-1923," at the workshop "Networks and Communication in East Asia and Beyond in the 19th and 20th Centuries," Senate House, University of London, 6 March 2015.
  • "The Subao 蘇報 Case, Sir Robert Hart, and the Origins of Modern Censorship in China," International Communication Association National Conference, Seattle, Washington, 22-26 May 2014.
  • "Post Imperial: The Creation and Abolition of 'Alien Post Offices' in Treaty-Port China, 1843-1923," Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, January 2014.
  • "Asia's First Republic: The Birth and Development of the Modern Chinese State," invited talk at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, 24 October 2013.
  • "'The Comity of Nations': The Chinese Post Office, International Law, and the Universal Postal Union, 1896-1923," ASIANetwork Conference, 12-14 April 2013.
  • "Networking Empire, Nation, and Colony: The Qiaopiju Business Firm and Its Transnational Remittance Network, 1870-1950," Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, 21-24 March 2013.
  • "Spreading the Word: Postal Subsidies of Newspapers, Magazines, and Books," Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 51st Annual Conference, January 13-15, 2012.
  • "Modern Mail Bodies: Uniforms and Behavioral Regulations for Chinese Postal Workers, 1896-1949," Bodies Conference, University of South Carolina, February 25-27, 2010.
  • "Interstate Commerce: The Qiaopiju, Transnational Networks, and Colonial Modernity," Mid-Atlantic Regional Association for Asian Studies 38th Annual Conference, October 31-November 1, 2009.
  • "Language, Prestige, and Power: Debates about Romanization Systems for Chinese, 1860-1940," American Association for Chinese Studies 51st Annual Conference, October 16-18, 2009.
  • "Refuse to Deliver: Postal Censorship of Foreign Media in Republican China, 1911-1937," Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast (ASPAC), June 13-15, 2008.
  • Freeman Foundation grant for the South Carolina Center for Teaching about Asia graduate seminar, 2014-2015.
  • Furman Advantage Fellowship for a project entitled "Overseas Chinese, Trans-Pacific Remittance Networks, and the Creation of a Diasporic Economy, 1850-1930," Summer 2014.
  • Furman University Humanities Development Fund grant.
  • Selected to participate in the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Summer Teaching and Learning Workshop at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, 3-8 June 2013.
  • Furman Advantage Fellowship for a project entitled: "From Official Gazette (官報) to Public Report (公報): The Evolution of Government Publications in Late Qing and Republican China, 1890-1937," Summer 2012.
  • History Department Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2007-08.
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC), International Dissertation Field Research Fellowship, Fall 2006-Summer 2007.
  • Institute for International Research at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Nanjing, People's Republic of China, Junior Fellow, Fall 2006.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the Center for Global Studies of International Programs and Studies, University of Illinois, 2005-2006.
  • Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Summer 2005.;Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Washington University in Saint Louis, 2001-2002.
Education
Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.A.
Washington University
B.A.
Drake University

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